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transmission

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noun trans·mis·sion \tran(t)s-ˈmi-shən, tranz-\

Simple Definition of transmission

  • : the act or process of sending electrical signals to a radio, television, computer, etc.

  • : something (such as a message or broadcast) that is transmitted to a radio, television, etc.

  • : the act or process by which something is spread or passed from one person or thing to another

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of transmission

  1. 1 :  an act, process, or instance of transmitting <transmission of a nerve impulse across a synapse>

  2. 2 :  the passage of radio waves in the space between transmitting and receiving stations; also :  the act or process of transmitting by radio or television

  3. 3 :  an assembly of parts including the speed-changing gears and the propeller shaft by which the power is transmitted from an engine to a live axle; also :  the speed-changing gears in such an assembly

  4. 4 :  something that is transmitted :  message

transmissive play \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective
transmissivity play \ˌtran(t)s-(ˌ)mi-ˈsi-və-tē, ˌtranz-\ noun

Examples of transmission in a sentence

  1. The equipment is used for the transmission of television signals.

  2. We are receiving a live transmission from the scene of the accident.

  3. the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next

  4. My car has a manual transmission.

  5. This car comes with automatic transmission.



Origin of transmission

Middle French, from Latin transmission-, transmissio, from transmittere to transmit


First Known Use: 1611

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TRANSMISSION Defined for Kids

transmission

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noun trans·mis·sion \trans-ˈmi-shən\

Definition of transmission for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or process of transmitting, spreading, or passing along <the transmission of a disease>

  2. 2 :  the gears that pass power from the engine to the axle that gives motion to a motor vehicle




Medical Dictionary

transmission

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noun trans·mis·sion \tran(t)s-ˈmish-ən, tranz-\

Medical Definition of transmission

  1. :  an act, process, or instance of transmitting <transmission of HIV> <synaptic transmission>




Law Dictionary

transmission

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noun trans·mis·sion \tranz-ˈmi-shən, trans-\

Legal Definition of transmission

  1. :  an act, process, or instance of transmitting





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