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[trans-mish-uh n, tranz-] /trænsˈmɪʃ ən, trænz-/
the act or process of transmitting.
the fact of being transmitted.
something that is transmitted.
  1. transference of force between machines or mechanisms, often with changes of torque and speed.
  2. a compact, enclosed unit of gears or the like for this purpose, as in an automobile.
Radio and Television. the broadcasting of electromagnetic waves from one location to another, as from a transmitter to a receiver.
Physics. transmittance.
Origin of transmission
1605-15; < Latin trānsmissiōn- (stem of trānsmissiō) a sending across, equivalent to trānsmiss(us) (past participle of trānsmittere to send across) + -iōn- -ion. See trans-, mission
Related forms
[trans-mis-iv, tranz-] /trænsˈmɪs ɪv, trænz-/ (Show IPA),
transmissively, adverb
transmissiveness, noun
nontransmission, noun
pretransmission, noun
retransmission, noun
untransmissive, adjective
1, 2. transfer, passage, passing, conveyance. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for transmission
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  • The importance of the music is indicated by the transmission of the composer's name in all extant didascaliae, esp.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The transmission ought to be faithful, but not without criticism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • "A case of the transmission of the original sin, I suppose," answered the Doctor, as she retired through the door.

    With Edge Tools Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
  • Their skill in the transmission of messages was most remarkable.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • The present system merely leads to the transmission of the sterile art of passing examinations.

British Dictionary definitions for transmission


the act or process of transmitting
something that is transmitted
the extent to which a body or medium transmits light, sound, or some other form of energy
the transference of motive force or power
a system of shafts, gears, torque converters, etc, that transmits power, esp the arrangement of such parts that transmits the power of the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle
the act or process of sending a message, picture, or other information from one location to one or more other locations by means of radio waves, electrical signals, light signals, etc
a radio or television broadcast
Derived Forms
transmissible, adjective
transmissibility, noun
transmissive, adjective
transmissively, adverb
transmissiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin transmissiō a sending across; see transmit
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Word Origin and History for transmission

1610s, "conveyance from one place to another," from Latin transmissionem (nominative transmissio) "a sending over or across, passage," from transmissus, past participle of transmittere "send over or across" (see transmit). Meaning "part of a motor vehicle that regulates power from the engine to the axle" is first recorded 1894.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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transmission in Medicine

transmission trans·mis·sion (trāns-mĭsh'ən, trānz-)

  1. The conveyance of disease from one person to another.

  2. The passage of a nerve impulse across synapses or at myoneural junctions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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