November 25, 2011
facsimile (noun)
\fak-SIM-uh-lee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : an exact copy2 : a system of transmitting and reproducing printed matter or pictures by means of signals sent over telephone lines
How do you use it?
We studied facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution at school before we saw the actual documents in Washington, D.C.
Are you a word wiz?

"Facsimile" suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter, as in "a facsimile of a rare book." There are other words in English whose meanings closely resemble that of the word "facsimile." Which word do you think is a synonym for "facsimile"?

"Facsimile," "reproduction," "replica," "duplicate," and "copy" all refer to a thing made in imitation of something else. "Reproduction" implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing, as in "reproductions from the museum's furniture collection." "Replica" implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details, as in "a replica of the Mayflower," but not always in the same size, as in "miniature replicas of classic cars." "Duplicate" implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing, as in "a duplicate of a house key." "Copy" applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically, as in "printed 1,000 copies of the book."
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