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[kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh n] /kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of communicating; fact of being communicated.
the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.
a document or message imparting news, views, information, etc.
passage, or an opportunity or means of passage, between places.
  1. means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.
  2. routes and transportation for moving troops and supplies from a base to an area of operations.
  1. activity by one organism that changes or has the potential to change the behavior of other organisms.
  2. transfer of information from one cell or molecule to another, as by chemical or electrical signals.
Origin of communication
1375-1425; Middle English communicacioun < Middle French < Latin commūnicātiōn- (stem of commūnicātiō), equivalent to commūnicāt(us) (see communicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
communicational, adjective
noncommunication, noun
overcommunication, noun
precommunication, noun
self-communication, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This silken sheet with gold fringe is imperative for all communications to the queen.

    Growing Up Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • It was to free Vienna by threatening the French communications.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Your mamma's communications with my papa had the effect you indicate, and he took me into his confidence the same evening.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • Write contributions on one side of the paper, and apart from all communications.

  • With my usual methodical desire to read and answer all communications I sat down to this task, which soon seemed hopeless.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for communications


the act or an instance of communicating; the imparting or exchange of information, ideas, or feelings
something communicated, such as a message, letter, or telephone call
  1. (usually pl; sometimes functioning as singular) the study of ways in which human beings communicate, including speech, gesture, telecommunication systems, publishing and broadcasting media, etc
  2. (as modifier): communication theory
a connecting route, passage, or link
(pl) (military) the system of routes and facilities by which forces, supplies, etc, are moved up to or within an area of operations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for communications



late 14c., from Old French comunicacion (14c., Modern French communication), from Latin communicationem (nominative communicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of communicare "to share, divide out; communicate, impart, inform; join, unite, participate in," literally "to make common," from communis (see common (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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communications in Medicine

communication com·mu·ni·ca·tion (kə-myōō'nĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.

  2. An opening or a connecting passage between two structures.

  3. A joining or connecting of solid fibrous structures, such as tendons and nerves.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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