Essential Meaning of communication
1 : 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 human communication nonverbal communication See More ExamplesHe is studying insect communication. Parents need to have good communication with their children. [=they need to be able to understand and be understood by their children] communication problems/skills There was a breakdown in communication between members of the group. (formal) We are in communication by e-mail. [=we are communicating with each other by e-mail] television and other means of mass communication
2 formal : a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.
3 : the ways of sending information to people by using technology radio/wireless/electronic communications Communications is a growing industry. See More Examplescommunications systems/technology a communications satellite [=a satellite that is used to send signals for television, radio, etc., to people around the world]
Full 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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