near field communication


: a technology for digitally transmitting information over short distances (usually between a smartphone and another device) using radio waves

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With the use of NFC (near field communication) tags, geo-fencing and built-in bar code readers, maintenance managers were instantly aware when a technician arrived on the job. Bill Fahey, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The system relies on near field communication, or NFC, to securely connect. Mark Gurman,, 8 Feb. 2022 Luxury brands are increasingly turning to NFCs (near field communication) embedded in their goods to offer additional safeguards. Kristin Savilia, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Furthermore, the app can’t have access to hardware such as near field communication, Bluetooth or a camera. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Related Coverage Mark Mullison, CIO of security services provider Allied Universal Corp., saw shipment delays in February and March of the custom near field communication tags and Bluetooth beacons the company uses for one of its security products. Agam Shah, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2020 All of them, however, leverage near field communication (NFC) technology. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 15 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of near field communication was in 1996

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Cite this Entry

“Near field communication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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