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E-mail \E-mail\, email \email\, e-mail \e-mail\([=e]"m[^a]l`), n. electronic mail; a digitally encoded message sent from one computer to another through an electronic communications medium, especially by means of a computer network.

Syn: electronic mail.


E-mail \E-mail\, email \email\, e-mail \e-mail\v. t. [imp. & p. p. E-mailed; p. pr. & vb. n. E-mailing.] to send (an e-mail message) to someone; as, I emailed the article to the editor; she emailed me her report.

Syn: mail electronically. [WordNet 1.5] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1982, short for electronic mail (1977; see electronic + mail (n.1)); this led to the contemptuous application of snail mail (1983) to the old system.\n\nEven aerial navigation in 1999 was found too slow to convey and deliver the mails. The pneumatic tube system was even swifter, and with such facilities at hand it is not surprising that people in San Francisco received four daily editions of the Manhattan journals, although the distance between Sandy Hook and the Golden Gate is a matter of 3,600 miles.

["Looking Forward," Arthur Bird, 1899]

\nAssociated Press style guide collapsed it to email 2011.

n. 1 (context uncountable English) A system for transferring messages from one computer to another, usually via a network. 2 (context countable '' see ''Usage notes'' below'' English) A message sent via an e-mail system. 3 (context uncountable ''see ''Usage notes'' below'' English) A quantity of e-mail messages. 4 (context informal English) An e-mail address. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To send an e-mail or e-mails to. 2 (context intransitive English) To send, or compose and send, an e-mail or e-mails. 3 (context transitive may take two objects English) To send via e-mail.


n. (computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that is generated at the recipient's terminal when he logs in [syn: electronic mail, email] [ant: snail mail, snail mail, snail mail]


v. communicate electronically on the computer; "she e-mailed me the good news" [syn: email, netmail]

Usage examples of "e-mail".

Sandi Thiaput at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, had made several measurements of the Martian albedo for another project the previous year and Sandi e-mailed the raw and post-processed data to him.

Most users come to Palace to make friends, some wizards have stated, so why not let peer pressure be the accountability system rather than the removal of anonymity by allowing access to e-mail addresses.

LisaS then fired off e-mails alerting influential bloggers - and the AP - to the falsehood.

I cleaned the house, got ahead on my homework, and wrote my mom more bogusly cheerful e-mail.

In the Communications Center, Gunners Mate Second Class Art Brachman had just signed on the Internet to send an E-mail to his wife back in Portland, Oregon.

There was another e-mail from Julia reminding all the bridesmaids to be sure they had purchased their foundation garments for the dresses and got their fittings.

The first-class lounge at Heathrow provided Internet access in nice little cubi- cles providing some privacy, but Castillo decided against sending his boss an e-mail announcing where he was and where he was going.

The even faster bloom of E-mail addresses and Web pages, inconceivable at that point, was just six years away.

In response to instructions from Komulakov, Ellwood had instituted a procedure so that every night, Sergeant Major Gabbard would send him the report in a formatted, encrypted e-mail.

Send Sergeant Major Gabbard an encrypted e-mail with a complete list of what s aboard so that I know what comms and frequencies to set up for the mission.

Grant haunted my homeroom and left me e-mail messages about the evils of repression.

Before he had time to check his e-mail, Iffy rolled into the sparse office, the whirr of the wheelchair motor noticeable.

The first e-mail showed up in my Inbox two days before Mark vanished, the second the day before.

VaccuGen mumps scandal--the records of E-mail correspondence between the chancellor and Mian Krucevic confirm his full knowledge and support of the vaccination campaign.

It allows for the narrowest of narrowcasting through the use of e-mail mailing lists, discussion groups, message boards, private radio stations, and chats.