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English Dictionary: email by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
email
n
  1. (computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that can be regenerated at the recipient's terminal when the recipient logs in; "you cannot send packages by electronic mail"
    Synonym(s): electronic mail, e-mail, email
    Antonym(s): snail mail
v
  1. communicate electronically on the computer; "she e-mailed me the good news"
    Synonym(s): e-mail, email, netmail
From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   email /ee'mayl/   (also written `e-mail' and `E-mail') 1. n.
   Electronic mail automatically passed through computer networks
   and/or via modems over common-carrier lines.   Contrast {snail-mail},
   {paper-net}, {voice-net}.   See {network address}.   2. vt. To send
   electronic mail.
  
      Oddly enough, the word `emailed' is actually listed in the OED;
   it means "embossed (with a raised pattern) or perh. arranged in a
   net or open work".   A use from 1480 is given. The word is probably
   derived from French `e'maille'' (enameled) and related to Old French
   `emmailleu"re' (network).   A French correspondent tells us that in
   modern French, `email' is a hard enamel obtained by heating special
   paints in a furnace; an `emailleur' (no final e) is a craftsman who
   makes email (he generally paints some objects (like, say, jewelry)
   and cooks them in a furnace).
  
      There are numerous spelling variants of this word.   In Internet
   traffic up to 1995, `email' predominates, `e-mail' runs a
   not-too-distant second, and `E-mail' and `Email' are a distant third
   and fourth.
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   e-mail
  
      {electronic mail}
  
  
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