transmission

noun
trans·​mis·​sion | \ tran(t)s-ˈmi-shən , tranz-\

Definition of transmission

1 : an act, process, or instance of transmitting transmission of a nerve impulse across a synapse
2 : the passage of radio waves in the space between transmitting and receiving stations also : the act or process of transmitting by radio or television
3 : an assembly of parts including the speed-changing gears and the driveshaft by which the power is transmitted from an engine to a live axle also : the speed-changing gears in such an assembly
4 : something that is transmitted : message

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Other Words from transmission

transmissive \ tran(t)s-​ˈmi-​siv , ˌtranz-​ \ adjective
transmissivity \ ˌtran(t)s-​(ˌ)mi-​ˈsi-​və-​tē , ˌtranz-​ \ noun

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Since trans- means "across", it's not hard to see the meaning of transmission. Disease transmission occurs when an infection passes from one living thing to another. TV signal transmission can be interrupted by tree leaves, including moving leaves and branches during a storm. Your car's transmission transmits the engine's power to the axle, changing the gears to keep the engine working with maximum efficiency at various speeds.

Examples of transmission in a Sentence

The equipment is used for the transmission of television signals. We are receiving a live transmission from the scene of the accident. the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next My car has a manual transmission. This car comes with automatic transmission.
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Fuel supply issues, including gas pipeline issues, in fact accounted for a mere 0.00007 percent of blackout hours between 2012 and 2016, while electric transmission problems were responsible for more than 90 percent, according to a 2017 study. Don Santa, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Administration’s action on coal, nuclear solves a problem that doesn’t exist," 5 July 2018 Although gambling is largely regulated by the states, the longstanding view of the Justice Department has been that interstate gambling involving electronic transmissions is prohibited by a 1960s federal law called the Wire Act. Alexandra Berzon, WSJ, "Justice Department’s Reversal on Online Gambling Tracked Memo From Adelson Lobbyists," 18 Jan. 2019 Momentum purchased the wind farm and upgraded the nacelles, blades, and control systems while leaving the towers, foundations, and transmission equipment. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Offshore, Act Two: New owner repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast," 30 Dec. 2018 The other factories that could go are assembly plants in Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, and transmission plants in Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore. Angie Wang, The Seattle Times, "Not just jobs riding on fate of GM plant after Trump promise," 28 Nov. 2018 Another common class of migraine drugs is ergots, which decrease your body’s transmission of pain messages. Korin Miller, SELF, "Neurologists Share Exactly How They Deal With Their Migraines," 1 Aug. 2018 Doesn’t that mean that dealers should not be charging for fluids when cars are brought in for oil, radiator, or transmission fluid changes? Bob Weber, Philly.com, "Drive belts don't just fall off in the rain," 7 July 2018 Breeding conditions for mosquitoes are favorable in those regions, so transmission may increase, according to Dr. Alexandre Macedo de Oliveira, a malaria researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria," 6 July 2018 Zipf’s law wouldn’t be enough to determine if an alien transmission is, indeed, a language. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of transmission

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transmission

Middle French, from Latin transmission-, transmissio, from transmittere to transmit

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transmission

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transmission

: the act or process of sending electrical signals to a radio, television, computer, etc.
: something (such as a message or broadcast) that is transmitted to a radio, television, etc.
: the act or process by which something is spread or passed from one person or thing to another

transmission

noun
trans·​mis·​sion | \ trans-ˈmi-shən \

Kids Definition of transmission

1 : an act or process of transmitting, spreading, or passing along the transmission of a disease
2 : the gears that pass power from the engine to the axle that gives motion to a motor vehicle

transmission

noun
trans·​mis·​sion | \ tran(t)s-ˈmish-ən , tranz- \

Medical Definition of transmission

: an act, process, or instance of transmitting transmission of HIV synaptic transmission

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transmission

noun
trans·​mis·​sion | \ tranz-ˈmi-shən, trans- \

Legal Definition of transmission

: an act, process, or instance of transmitting

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