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Meaning of communication by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old French communicacion, from Latin commūnicātiōnem, accusative singular of commūnicātiō ( “imparting, communicating” ), from commūnicō ( “share, impart” ) .


    • IPA: /kʌˌmjunɪˈkeɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /kV%mjunI"keIS@n/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    communication ( plural: communications )

    1. ( uncountable ) The concept or state of exchanging information between entities .
      Some say that communication is a necessary prerequisite for sentience; others say that it is a result thereof .
    2. The potential for information exchange .
      The node had established communication with the network, but had as yet sent no data .
    3. A message; the essential data transferred in an act of communication .
      Surveillance was accomplished by means of intercepting the spies' communications .
    4. The body of all data transferred to one or both parties during an act of communication .
      The subpoena required that the company document their communication with the plaintiff .
    5. An instance of information transfer; a conversation or discourse .
      The professors' communications consisted of lively discussions via email .
    6. A passageway or opening between two locations .
      A round archway at the far end of the hallway provided communication to the main chamber .
    7. ( anatomy ) A connection between two tissues, organs, or cavities.

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Explanation of communication by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

    2. the activity of communicating

    3. they could not act without official communication from Moscow
    4. a connection allowing access between persons or places

    5. how many lines of communication can there be among four people?
      a secret passageway provided communication between the two rooms

    Definition of communication by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Communication ( kŏmmūnĭkāshŭn ), n. [L. communicatio.]
      1. The act or fact of communicating; as, “communication of smallpox; communication of a secret”.

      2. Intercourse by words, letters, or messages; interchange of thoughts or opinions, by conference or other means; conference; correspondence.

      Argument . . . and friendly communication. Shak.

      3. Association; company.

      Evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Cor. xv. 33.

      4. Means of communicating; means of passing from place to place; a connecting passage; connection.

      The Euxine Sea is conveniently situated for trade, by the communication it has both with Asia and Europe. Arbuthnot.

      5. That which is communicated or imparted; intelligence; news; a verbal or written message.

      6. Participation in the Lord's supper. Bp. Pearson.

      7. ( Rhet. ) A trope, by which a speaker assumes that his hearer is a partner in his sentiments, and says we, instead of I or you. Beattie.

      Syn. -- Correspondence; conference; intercourse.