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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mail \Mail\, v. t.
     1. To arm with mail.
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     2. To pinion. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mail \Mail\ (m[=a]l), n. [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag,
     trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal,
     male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]
     1. A bag; a wallet. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     2. The bag or bags with the letters, papers, or other matter
        contained therein, conveyed under public authority from
        one post office to another; the whole system of appliances
        used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail
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              There is a mail come in to-day, with letters dated
              Hague.                                --Tatler.
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     3. That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received
        through the post office.
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     4. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be
        carried. [Obs.] --Sir W. Scott.
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     Mail catcher, an iron rod, or other contrivance, attached
        to a railroad car for catching a mail bag while the train
        is in motion.
     Mail guard, an officer whose duty it is to guard the public
        mails. [Eng.]
     Mail train, a railroad train carrying the mail.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mail \Mail\ (m[=a]l), n.
     A spot. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mail \Mail\, n. [F. maille, OF. also maaille, LL. medalia. See
     1. A small piece of money; especially, an English silver
        half-penny of the time of Henry V. [Obs.] [Written also
        maile, and maille.]
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     2. Rent; tribute. [Obs., except in certain compounds and
        phrases, as blackmail, mails and duties, etc.]
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     Mail and duties (Scots Law), the rents of an estate, in
        whatever form paid.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mail \Mail\ (m[=a]l), n. [OE. maile, maille, F. maille a ring of
     mail, mesh, network, a coat of mail, fr. L. macula spot, a
     mesh of a net. Cf. Macle, Macula, Mascle.]
     1. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was
        used especially for defensive armor. --Chaucer.
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     Chain mail, Coat of mail. See under Chain, and Coat.
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     2. Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.
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     3. (Naut.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing
        off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
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     4. (Zool.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the
        scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
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              We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mail \Mail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mailed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or
     place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail;
     to post; as, to mail a letter. [U. S.]
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     Note: In the United States to mail and to post are both in
           common use; as, to mail or post a letter. In England
           post is the commoner usage.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the bags of letters and packages that are transported by
           the postal service
      2: the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post
         office; "the mail handles billions of items every day"; "he
         works for the United States mail service"; "in England they
         call mail `the post'" [syn: mail, mail service, postal
         service, post]
      3: a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that
         are conveyed by the postal system
      4: any particular collection of letters or packages that is
         delivered; "your mail is on the table"; "is there any post
         for me?"; "she was opening her post" [syn: mail, post]
      5: (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
         [syn: chain mail, ring mail, mail, chain armor,
         chain armour, ring armor, ring armour]
      v 1: send via the postal service; "I'll mail you the check
           tomorrow" [syn: mail, get off]
      2: cause to be directed or transmitted to another place; "send
         me your latest results"; "I'll mail you the paper when it's
         written" [syn: mail, post, send]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "mail":
     PP, RD, RFD, air-express, airfreight, airmail, armature, armor,
     armor plate, body armor, book post, buckler, bulletproof vest,
     carrier, carrier pigeon, chain armor, chain mail, chitin,
     coat of mail, consign, correspondence, cortex, covert, direct mail,
     direct-mail selling, dispatch, drop a letter, elytron, embark,
     episperm, expedite, export, express, feather, feathers, forward,
     fourth-class mail, frank, freight, habergeon, hackle,
     halfpenny post, harness, hauberk, homer, homing pigeon, junk mail,
     letter post, letters, lorica, lorication, mail car, mail coach,
     mail packet, mail train, mail truck, mail-order selling, mailer,
     mailing list, mailplane, needles, newspaper post, packet boat,
     panoply, parcel post, pericarp, pigeon post, plate, plate armor,
     plumage, post, post boat, post car, post coach, post day,
     post-horse, post-office car, poster, protective covering,
     railway mail car, registered mail, remit, rural delivery,
     rural free delivery, scute, scutum, sea mail, seapost, send,
     send away, send forth, send off, shell, shield, ship,
     special delivery, special handling, speculum, spines,
     suit of armor, surface mail, test, testa, thick skin, transmit

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

      1. electronic mail.
     2. The Berkeley Unix program for composing and reading
     electronic mail.  It normally uses sendmail to handle
     Unix manual page: mail(1)

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MAIL. This word, derived from the French malle, a trunk, signifies the bag, 
  valise, or other contrivance used in conveying through the post office, 
  letters, packets, newspapers, pamphlets, and the like, from place to place, 
  under the authority of the United States. The things thus carried are also 
  called the mail. 
       2. The laws of the United States have provided for the punishment of 
  robberies or willful injuries to the mail; the act of March 3, 1825, 3 
  Story's Laws U. S. 1985, provides: 
       Sec. 22. That if any person shall rob any carrier of the mail of the 
  United States, or other person entrusted, therewith, of such mail, or of 
  part thereof, such offender or offenders shall, on conviction, be imprisoned 
  not less than five years, nor exceeding ten years; and, if convicted a 
  second time of a like offence, he or they shall suffer death; or if, in 
  effecting such robbery of the mail, the first time, the offender shall wound 
  the person having the custody thereof, or put his life in jeopardy, by the 
  use of dangerous weapons, such offender or offenders shall suffer death. And 
  if any person shall attempt to rob the mail of the United States, by 
  assaulting the person having custody thereof, shooting at him, or his horse 
  or mule, or, threatening him with dangerous weapons, and the robbery is not 
  effected, every such offender, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by 
  imprisonment, not less than two years, nor exceeding ten years. And, if any 
  person shall steal the mail, or shall steal or take from, or out of, any 
  mail, or from, or out of, any post office, any letter or packet; or, if any 
  person shall take the mail, or any letter or packet therefrom, or from any 
  post office, whether with or without the consent of the person having 
  custody thereof, and shall open, embezzle, or destroy any such; mail, 
  letter, or packet, the same containing any articles of value, or evidence of 
  any debt, due, demand, right, or claim, or any release, receipt, 
  acquittance, or discharge, or any other articles, paper, or thing, mentioned 
  and described in the twenty-first section of this act; or, if any person 
  shall, by fraud or deception, obtain from any person having custody thereof, 
  any mail, letter, or packet, containing any article of value, or evidence 
  thereof, or either of the writings referred to, or next above mentioned, 
  such offender, or offenders, on conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned not 
  less than two, nor exceeding ten years. And if any person shall take any 
  letter, or packet, not containing any article of value, or. evidence 
  thereof, out of a post office, or shall open any letter or packet, which 
  shall have been in a post office, or in custody of a mail carrier, before it 
  shall have been delivered to the person to whom it is directed, with a 
  design to obstruct the correspondence, to pry into another's business or 
  secrets; or shall secrete, embezzle, or destroy, any such mall, letter, or 
  packet, such offender, upon conviction, shall pay, for every such offence, a 
  sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, and be imprisoned not exceeding 
  twelve months. 
       3.-Sec. 23. That, if any person shall rip, cut, tear, burn, or 
  otherwise injure, any valise, portmanteau, or other bag used, or designed to 
  be used, by any person acting under the authority of the postmaster general, 
  or any person in whom his powers are vested in a conveyance of any mail, 
  letter packet, or newspaper, or pamphlet, or shall draw or break any staple, 
  or loosen any part of any lock, chain, or strap, attached to, or belonging 
  to any such valise, portmanteau, or bag, with an intent to rob, or steal any 
  mail, letter, packet, newspaper, or pamphlet, or to render either of the 
  same insecure, every such offender, upon conviction, shall, for every such 
  offence, pay a sum, not less than one hundred dollars, nor exceeding five 
  hundred-dollars, or be imprisoned not less than one year, nor exceeding 
  three years, at the discretion of the court before whom such conviction is 
       4.-Sec. 24. That every person who, from and after the passage of this 
  act, shall procure, and advise, or assist, in the doing or perpetration of 
  any of the acts or crimes by this act forbidden, shall be subject to the 
  same penalties and punishments as the persons are subject to, who shall 
  actually do or perpetrate any of the said acts or crimes, according, to the 
  provision of this act. 
       5.- Sec. 25. That every person who shall be imprisoned by a judgment of 
  court, under and by virtue of the twenty-first, twenty-second, twenty-third, 
  or, twenty-fourth sections of this act, shall be kept at hard labor during 
  the period of such imprisonment. 

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