communication

noun

com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
communicational adjective

Example Sentences

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 The deliberate cutoff of outside communication stirs panic and confusion in isolation. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 21 Jan. 2023 Perez also got a master’s degree in ethnic studies and a dual doctorate in ethnic studies and communication, both at UCSD. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2023 Folks don’t really write letters anymore — epistolary communication has migrated to e-mail. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2023 The lack of transition effort and communication isn't a constant throughout most contests, and a common pattern has emerged in second halves. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 21 Jan. 2023 Before the crash, the pilot and air traffic control were in quick communication regarding problems aboard the plane, according to audio of the incident from LiveATC.net. Kristina Sgueglia, CNN, 21 Jan. 2023 Service is being restored to some MARC trains after a systemwide-communication outage suspended operations early Friday morning. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan. 2023 Coming off Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey's season of The Bachelorette, on which Recchia, 26, shockingly dumped him after their night in the Fantasy Suite, taught Shallcross to prioritize communication on his season. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2023 The country won praise for its quick response and elimination strategy—which relied heavily on scientific advice and which, boosted by clear communication, meant New Zealand had one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world. Amy Gunia, Time, 20 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see communicate

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of communication was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near communication

Cite this Entry

“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
1
: an act or instance of transmitting
2
: information communicated : message
received an important communication
3
: an exchange of information
4
plural
a
: a system (as of telephones) for sending and receiving messages
b
: a system of routes for moving troops, supplies, and vehicles

Medical Definition

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
1
: the act or process of transmitting information (as about ideas, attitudes, emotions, or objective behavior)
nonverbal interpersonal communication
emotional communication between parent and childG. 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

Legal Definition

communication

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce communication (audio)
: the expression to another of information or thoughts through speech, writing, or gestures see also confidential communication, privileged communication
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