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

Several sentences in the slides are exact transcriptions of a presentation Cambridge Analytica chief executive officer Alexander Nix gave in 2016. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "A ‘big data’ firm sells Cambridge Analytica’s methods to global politicians, documents show," 14 Aug. 2019 The captions themselves are computer generated, with Audible harnessing Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing infrastructure and artificial intelligence to generate the transcription that accompanies Audible content. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Audible will let you 'read' an audiobook while you listen," 15 July 2019 It was named for a wagon-train pioneer, John Settle, but a transcription error, somewhere along the line, became permanent, despite his descendants’ strenuous efforts to correct it. Alec Scott, Sunset Magazine, "Lake Effect: On Reviving a Family Tradition with Your Closest Friends," 22 Jan. 2018 Additional work by David Levens, a biologist at the National Cancer Institute, has shown that transcription itself contorts DNA in living human cells, tightening some parts of the coil and loosening it in others. Quanta Magazine, "How Strange Twists in DNA Orchestrate Life," 5 Jan. 2016 Then set the toggle under Use messages to improve transcriptions to off. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In," 2 Aug. 2019 Due to a transcription error, the original version of the article misquoted the cost to build the Falcon 9 rocket. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Warning: The video from @YesNetwork and transcription include NSFW language. Dave Clark,, "Yankees manager Aaron Boone offers savage criticism of home plate umpire during ejection," 18 July 2019 Duo pianists Evan Mitchell and Jonathan Tsay read four-hand symphonic transcriptions such as Beethoven’s evocative Pastoral Symphony and Mussorgsky’s chilling Night on Bald Mountain. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Basically Beethoven Festival offers free concerts in July," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of transcription

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of transcription was in 1598

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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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