What is mail?

  • (noun): The bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Mail, or post, is a system for transporting letters and other tangible objects: written documents, typically enclosed in envelopes, and also small packages are delivered to destinations around the world. Anything sent through the postal system is called mail or post.

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Some articles on mail:

Return Address
... In postal mail, a return address is an explicit inclusion of the address of the person sending the message ... return address is not required on postal mail ... Such mail may thus become dead letter mail ...
Ray Tomlinson
... It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to the ARPAnet ... Previously, mail could be sent only to others who used the same computer.) To achieve this, he used the @ sign to separate the user from their machine, which has been used ... The first email Tomlinson sent was a test e-mail ...
... DomainKeys is an e-mail authentication system designed to verify the DNS domain of an e-mail sender and the message integrity ... specification has adopted aspects of Identified Internet Mail to create an enhanced protocol called DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) ...
Postcode Address File
... This address is used as a routing instruction by Royal Mail staff to sort and deliver mail quickly and accurately ... The PAF is a collection of over 29 million Royal Mail postal addresses and UK postcodes ... As owner of the PAF, Royal Mail is required by section 116 of the Postal Services Act 2000 to maintain the data and make it available on reasonable terms ...
Types of Mail - Other Mail Services
... Larger envelopes are also sent through the mail ... be found in biological materials or mail bombs ... Many magazines are simply placed in the mail normally (but in the U.S ...

More definitions of "mail":

  • (verb): Send via the postal service.
    Example: "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"
    Synonyms: get off
  • (verb): Cause to be directed or transmitted to another place.
    Example: "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"
    Synonyms: post, send
  • (noun): A conveyance that transports mail.
  • (noun): The system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office.
    Example: "The mail handles billions of items every day"; "he works for the United States mail service"; "in England they call mail 'the post'"
    Synonyms: mail service, postal service, post
  • (noun): Any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered.
    Example: "Your mail is on the table"
    Synonyms: post

Famous quotes containing the word mail:

    Always polite, fastidiously dressed in a linen duster and mask, he used to leave behind facetious rhymes signed “Black Bart, Po—8,” in mail and express boxes after he had finished rifling them.
    —For the State of California, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900–1948)

    The mail from Tunis, probably,
    An easy Morning’s Ride—
    Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)