tran·​scrip·​tion | \ tran(t)-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce transcription (audio) \

Definition of transcription

1 : an act, process, or instance of transcribing
2 : copy, transcript: such as
a : an arrangement of a musical composition for some instrument or voice other than the original
b : a recording (as on magnetic tape) made especially for use in radio broadcasting
3 : the process of constructing a messenger RNA molecule using a DNA molecule as a template with resulting transfer of genetic information to the messenger RNA — compare translation sense 2, reverse transcription

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Other Words from transcription

transcriptional \ tran(t)-​ˈskrip-​shnəl How to pronounce transcriptional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
transcriptionally adverb

Examples of transcription in a Sentence

Transcription of the tapes took weeks.
Recent Examples on the Web The cells slow down their metabolism, stop the transport of proteins and other molecules around their interiors, and slow down transcription, the process by which genetic instructions become proteins and other molecules. Fox News, "After recovering from COVID-19, are you immune?," 14 May 2020 The first is a reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction test, or RT-PCR. Maureen Ferran, The Conversation, "Coronavirus tests are pretty accurate, but far from perfect," 6 May 2020 Volunteer opportunities are available to transcribe digitized documents, add keyword tags to assist in future searches, and to review transcriptions by other volunteers for accuracy. Brie Dyas, Country Living, "5 Virtual Volunteering Ideas That Will Make a Difference," 13 Apr. 2020 Sources have additionally provided THR with job notices in in transcription, blogging and SEO writing that have stated California freelancers will not be considered. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vox Media Ends Work With California Freelance Writers Ahead of Gig Economy Law," 16 Dec. 2019 At the time of writing, there were opportunities for proofreading, customer service, translation, transcription, sales, and many others. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to make money from home," 28 Apr. 2020 Inspired by actual fairy tales, its atmosphere of childlike innocence is effectively conveyed in the Davin-Levin transcription. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "The Davin-Levin Duo’s relaxing debut album, ‘Banter,’ couldn’t have come at a better time," 22 Apr. 2020 Due to a transcription error, an earlier version of this story said Thompson studies coxsackievirus. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Did an experimental drug help a U.S. coronavirus patient?," 13 Mar. 2020 This copy may not be in its final form, may be updated and may contain minor transcription errors. ABC News, "'This Week' Transcript 3-8-20:​ Sen. Bernie Sanders, Dr. Ben Carson," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of transcription

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transcription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of transcription

: the act or process of making a written, printed, or typed copy of words that have been spoken
: a written, printed, or typed copy of words that have been spoken


tran·​scrip·​tion | \ tran(t)s-ˈkrip-shən How to pronounce transcription (audio) \

Medical Definition of transcription

: the process of constructing a messenger RNA molecule using a DNA molecule as a template with resulting transfer of genetic information to the messenger RNA — compare reverse transcription, translation

Other Words from transcription

transcriptional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce transcriptional (audio) \ adjective
transcriptionally \ -​ē How to pronounce transcriptionally (audio) \ adverb

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