communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Definition of communication

1a : a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior the function of pheromones in insect communication also : exchange of information
b : personal rapport a lack of communication between old and young persons
2a : information communicated : information transmitted or conveyed
b : a verbal or written message The captain received an important communication.
3 communications plural
a : a system (as of telephones or computers) for transmitting or exchanging information wireless electronic communications
b : a system of routes for moving troops, supplies, and vehicles
c : personnel engaged in communicating : personnel engaged in transmitting or exchanging information
4 communications plural in form but singular or plural in construction
a : a technique for expressing ideas effectively (as in speech)
b : the technology of the transmission of information (as by print or telecommunication)
5 : an act or instance of transmitting the communication of disease
6 anatomy : a connection between bodily parts Surprisingly little is known about the communication between the alveolar and terminal bronchiolar surfaces …— Richard C. Boucher

Other Words from communication

communicational \ kə-​ˌmyü-​nə-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce communication (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of communication in a Sentence

Communication between children in the class was not prohibited but was afforded time slots … — Jonathan Kozol, Harper's, September 2005 It's not an oral communication. It's body language, eye contact, the grinning, the little signals that go on between people. — Keith Richards, quoted in Rolling Stone, 14-28 July 1994 If the book is good and even if one is reading to oneself, what is happening is a very special sort of social event, a communication between writer and reader … — Walker Percy, "Another Message In The Bottle," in Signposts in a Strange Land1991 This is a secret and confidential communication which I am trusting you to answer on the sly. — Alexander Woollcott, letter, 20 Oct. 1934 Whom else had she to open her heart to? If she did not need counsel, she must need the comfort of communication. — Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814 You don't talk to him, he talks at you. You scream and shout at each other, but there's no communication. — Zadie Smith, White Teeth He is studying insect communication. There was a breakdown in communication between members of the group. television and other means of mass communication Communications is a growing industry. He majored in communications in college. See More
Recent Examples on the Web When camp did start, many of the defensive drills revolved around communication: Who closes out on shooters and being able to provide help defense without losing track of your man. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Sep. 2022 Sanders thinks that communication by the city could solve a lot of problems, and added his football team gives people a sense of hope. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 Before Thursday's vote, both candidates touted expanding connectivity to the internet and the benefits of information and communication technology, or ICT, to roughly half the world that still has no access. Stephen Mcgrath, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2022 Stardust warns that while this opposition will expand our minds, communication can feel a bit unharmonious. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 29 Sep. 2022 Distance is also a factor in the camera's energy harvesting and communication capabilities, per tests conducted in the Charles River in eastern Massachusetts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2022 Embody the people and values of diverse communities through your brand voice in both internal and external communication. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 29 Sep. 2022 Heartbeat communication can increase feelings of intimacy and has the same effect as gazing into a loved one’s eyes, research suggests. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 29 Sep. 2022 While building management did not comment on the record, an attorney representing Alexa in a December 2021 communication addressed numerous issues raised by Leahy and Williams. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of communication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for communication

see communicate

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“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for communication

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Kids Definition of communication

1 : the exchange (as by speech or letter) of information between persons
2 : information exchanged
3 communications plural : a system of sending information
4 communications plural : a system of routes for transportation

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Medical Definition of communication

1 : the act or process of transmitting information (as about ideas, attitudes, emotions, or objective behavior) nonverbal interpersonal communication emotional communication between parent and child— G. S. Blum : as
a : exchange of information between individuals through a common system of signs, symbols, or behavior pictorial representation is a usable channel of communication between humans and the chimpanzee the function of pheromones in insect communication
b : personal rapport a lack of communication between young and old persons
2 : information communicated
3 : a connection between bodily parts an artificial communication between the esophagus and the stomach

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio) \

Legal Definition of communication

: the expression to another of information or thoughts through speech, writing, or gestures — see also confidential communication, privileged communication

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