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
transmissiveplay \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective
transmissivityplay \ˌtran(t)s-(ˌ)mi-ˈsi-və-tē, ˌtranz-\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of transmission from the Web
The Turkish military said the crash was an accident, with initial information indicating that the helicopter had hit a high-voltage transmission line.
The researchers could disengage the Jeep's brakes, cause the transmission to malfunction, and, at lower speeds, kill the engine altogether.
Turkish officials say a military helicopter has crashed near Turkey’s border with Iraq after hitting a high-voltage transmission line.
However, the vaccine is still technically experimental and, Reuters reports, will only be used if someone outside the known chain of transmission is identified as having Ebola.
Intestines, if not cleaned and cooked properly (a long process), can carry a variety of dangerous bacteria, and eating brain has been connected to the transmission of rare diseases, including the human form of mad cow disease.
Sklansky decided to test a new method at UCLA for limiting the spread of germs and reducing the transmission of disease: a handshake-free zone.
The second all-new powertrain is a 128-horsepower1.4-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder mated to an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, fitted on the Eco trim.
There could be wildfires playing havoc with transmission wires.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of transmission
Middle French, from Latin transmission-, transmissio, from transmittere to transmit
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
TRANSMISSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of transmission for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of transmission for Students
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
Legal Definition of transmission
: an act, process, or instance of transmitting
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