From Middle English fax, from Old English feax (“hair, head of hair”), from Proto-Germanic *fahsą (“hair, mane”), from Proto-Indo-European *poḱsom (“hair”, literally “that which is combed, shorn, or plucked”), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (“to comb, shear, pluck”). Cognate with Dutch vas (“headhair”), German Fachs (“head-hair”), Norwegian faks (“mane”), Icelandic fax (“mane”), Sanskrit पक्ष्मन् (pákṣman, “eyelash, hair, filament”).
fax (usually uncountable, plural faxes)
- (obsolete or Britain dialectal) The hair of the head.
Clipping of facsimile, first attested 1979.
fax (plural faxes)
- A fax machine or a document received and printed by one.
fax (third-person singular simple present faxes, present participle faxing, simple past and past participle faxed)
- To send a document via a fax machine.