communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of communication

1a : 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
2a : information communicated : information transmitted or conveyed
b : a verbal or written message The captain received an important communication.

3 communications plural

a : a system (as of telephones or computers) for transmitting or exchanging information wireless electronic communications
b : a system of routes for moving troops, supplies, and vehicles
c : personnel engaged in communicating : personnel engaged in transmitting or exchanging information

4 communications plural in form but singular or plural in construction

a : a technique for expressing ideas effectively (as in speech)
b : the technology of the transmission of information (as by print or telecommunication)
5 : an act or instance of transmitting the communication of disease
6 anatomy : a connection between bodily parts Surprisingly little is known about the communication between the alveolar and terminal bronchiolar surfaces…— Richard C. Boucher

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Other Words from communication

communicational \ kə-​ˌmyü-​nə-​ˈkā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for communication

Synonyms

dispatch, message

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Examples of communication in a Sentence

Communication between children in the class was not prohibited but was afforded time slots … — Jonathan Kozol, Harper's, September 2005 It's not an oral communication. It's body language, eye contact, the grinning, the little signals that go on between people. — Keith Richards, quoted in Rolling Stone, 14-28 July 1994 If the book is good and even if one is reading to oneself, what is happening is a very special sort of social event, a communication between writer and reader … — Walker Percy, "Another Message In The Bottle," in Signposts in a Strange Land1991 This is a secret and confidential communication which I am trusting you to answer on the sly. — Alexander Woollcott, letter, 20 Oct. 1934 Whom else had she to open her heart to? If she did not need counsel, she must need the comfort of communication. — Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814 You don't talk to him, he talks at you. You scream and shout at each other, but there's no communication. — Zadie Smith, White Teeth He is studying insect communication. There was a breakdown in communication between members of the group. television and other means of mass communication Communications is a growing industry. He majored in communications in college.
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Most of the focus is on Huawei telecom gear that helps run communications networks all over the world. Mark Bergen, The Seattle Times, "Huawei is blocked in U.S., but its chips power security cameras everywhere," 28 Jan. 2019 That isn’t to say, however, that the line of communication is completely closed when a family member first starts distancing themselves. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Re-Establish Contact With an Estranged Family Member," 21 Dec. 2018 Iranian officials were reportedly able to rapidly identify a number of other such sites, which were set up as temporary communications systems for new, unvetted sources by the CIA. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How did Iran find CIA spies? They Googled it," 2 Nov. 2018 But only a few hours later, Mercury (the planet of communication) begins its twirl backward. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 In 2013, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden released documents purportedly showing that the agency had tapped U.N. headquarters, and was able to spy on the institution’s internal communications system. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Annual UN gathering a hotbed for spies, many from US adversaries," 26 Sep. 2018 Crews also have installed satellite communication systems in several hospitals and all of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities, and placed nearly half of 500 miles worth of optic fiber underground, Rossello said. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "Puerto Rico unveils new emergency preparations after Maria," 11 Sep. 2018 Today, the team is testing a new iteration of its communications system, which could support 10 times as many users as its current setup. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Even if the public were to stage a mass exodus from social media, internet companies would, if left to their own devices, construct new communication systems and media empires with similar defects. Nicholas Carr, chicagotribune.com, "Is Facebook the problem with Facebook, or is it us?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of communication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for communication

see communicate

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communication

noun

English Language Learners Definition of communication

: 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
formal : a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.
: the ways of sending information to people by using technology

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of communication

1 : the exchange (as by speech or letter) of information between persons
2 : information exchanged
3 communications plural : a system of sending information
4 communications plural : a system of routes for transportation

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

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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communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

Legal Definition of communication

: the expression to another of information or thoughts through speech, writing, or gestures — see also confidential communication, privileged communication

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