communication


com·mu·ni·ca·tion

noun \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən\

: the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else

: a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.

communications : the ways of sending information to people by using technology

Full Definition of COMMUNICATION

1
:  an act or instance of transmitting
2
a :  information transmitted or conveyed
b :  a verbal or written message
3
a :  a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior <the function of pheromones in insect communication>; also :  exchange of information
b :  personal rapport <a lack of communication between old and young persons>
4
plural
a :  a system (as of telephones) for transmitting or exchanging information
b :  a system of routes for moving troops, supplies, and vehicles
c :  personnel engaged in transmitting or exchanging information
5
plural but sing or plural in constr
a :  a technique for expressing ideas effectively (as in speech)
b :  the technology of the transmission of information (as by print or telecommunication)
com·mu·ni·ca·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of COMMUNICATION

  1. He is studying insect communication.
  2. There was a breakdown in communication between members of the group.
  3. television and other means of mass communication
  4. Communications is a growing industry.
  5. He majored in communications in college.
  6. Communication between children in the class was not prohibited but was afforded time slots … —Jonathan Kozol, Harper's, September 2005

Origin of COMMUNICATION

(see communicate)
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with COMMUNICATION

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com·mu·ni·ca·tion

noun \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COMMUNICATION

1
: the act or process of transmitting information (as about ideas, attitudes, emotions, or objective behavior) <nonverbal interpersonal communication> <emotional communication between parent and child—G. S. Blum>: a : exchange of information between individuals through a common system of signs, symbols, or behavior <pictorial representation is a usable channel of communication between humans and the chimpanzee> <the function of pheromones in insect communication> b : personal rapport <a lack of communication between young and old persons>
2
: information communicated
3
: a connection between bodily parts <an artificial communication between the esophagus and the stomach>

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