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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Electronic mail \E`lec*tron"ic mail\, n. (Computers)
     1. a message transmitted from one computer to another,
        accessible by means of a mail reading program on the
        receiving computer. The message may have one or many
        intended recipients, and may be directed by the sending
        program to one or to multiple receiving computers. The
        message is typically in the form of a computer file, and
        may be a simple ASCII text, or any other type of binary
        coded information
     Syn: email. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  electronic mail
      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" [syn: electronic
           mail, e-mail, email] [ant: snail mail]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  electronic mail
      (e-mail) Messages automatically passed from one
     computer user to another, often through computer networks
     and/or via modems over telephone lines.
     A message, especially one following the common RFC 822
     standard, begins with several lines of headers, followed
     by a blank line, and the body of the message.  Most e-mail
     systems now support the MIME standard which allows the
     message body to contain "{attachments" of different kinds
     rather than just one block of plain ASCII text.  It is
     conventional for the body to end with a signature.
     Headers give the name and electronic mail address of the
     sender and recipient(s), the time and date when it was sent
     and a subject.  There are many other headers which may get
     added by different message handling systems during delivery.
     The message is "composed" by the sender, usually using a
     special program - a "{Mail User Agent" (MUA).  It is then
     passed to some kind of "{Message Transfer Agent" (MTA) - a
     program which is responsible for either delivering the message
     locally or passing it to another MTA, often on another host.
     MTAs on different hosts on a network often communicate using
     SMTP.  The message is eventually delivered to the
     recipient's mailbox - normally a file on his computer - from
     where he can read it using a mail reading program (which may
     or may not be the same MUA as used by the sender).
     Contrast snail-mail, paper-net, voice-net.
     The form "email" is also common, but is less suggestive of the
     correct pronunciation and derivation than "e-mail".  The word
     is used as a noun for the concept ("Isn't e-mail great?", "Are
     you on e-mail?"), a collection of (unread) messages ("I spent
     all night reading my e-mail"), and as a verb meaning "to send
     (something in) an e-mail message" ("I'll e-mail you (my
     report)").  The use of "an e-mail" as a count noun for an
     e-mail message, and plural "e-mails", is now (2000) also well
     established despite the fact that "mail" is definitely a mass
     Oddly enough, the word "emailed" is actually listed in the
     Oxford English Dictionary.  It means "embossed (with a raised
     pattern) or arranged in a net work".  A use from 1480 is
     given.  The word is derived from French "emmailleure",
     network.  Also, "email" is German for enamel.
     The story of the first e-mail message
     How data travels around the world

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