electronic mail

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electronic mail (countable and uncountable, plural electronic mails)

  1. (uncountable, networking) Email (the system).
    • 1992, Sara Radicati, Electronic Mail: An Introduction to the X.400 Message Handling Standards, McGraw-Hill, →ISBN, page 1:
      Electronic mail is the single most visible application of distributed computing today.
  2. (countable, dated) An email.
    • 2006, Edward Wilding, Information Risk and Security, Gower Publishing, Ltd. (→ISBN), page 306:
      Employees are asked to exercise extreme caution when opening electronic mails and attachments sent by unknown or unfamiliar correspondents, or which require the recipient to execute a program, open an attachment or decompress an archive such as a Winzip™ file.

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