- to send or forward, as to a recipient or destination; dispatch; convey.
- to communicate, as information or news.
- to pass or spread (disease, infection, etc.) to another.
- to pass on (a genetic characteristic) from parent to offspring: The mother transmitted her red hair to her daughter.
- to cause (light, heat, sound, etc.) to pass through a medium.
- to convey or pass along (an impulse, force, motion, etc.).
- to permit (light, heat, etc.) to pass through: Glass transmits light.
- Radio and Television. to emit (electromagnetic waves).
- to send a signal by wire, radio, or television waves.
- to pass on a right or obligation to heirs or descendants.
Origin of transmit
1350–1400; Middle English transmitten < Latin trānsmittere to send across, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mittere to send
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1. transfer, remit. 2. bear.
2. See carry.
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Examples from the Web for transmitting
Because of its “self-destruct” reputation, the app is a popular tool among youngsters for transmitting sexually explicit material.‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online
October 13, 2014
According to the Montgomery Police Department, transmitting a sexually transmitted disease is a class C misdemeanor.Alabama Church Says HIV-Positive Preacher Slept With Flock
Matthew Paul Turner
October 10, 2014
They should be capable of transmitting their location no matter how deep they plunge.Aviation Leaders Went Missing Along With MH370
May 7, 2014
White later wrote that he regretted the role he played in transmitting the Camelot myth to the public.How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK’s Death
November 12, 2013
“According to Faye, one can, in transmitting words, carry entire ideologies with them,” Nancy and company responded in Libération.One Last Derrida Attack
July 19, 2013
Then followed the experiment of transmitting a selected line in a book.Telepathy
W. W. Baggally
The strength of the rope is known and its transmitting power is also known.The Story of the Cotton Plant
Itself colourless, it has the property of transmitting colours.Mystics and Saints of Islam
The complexity is transferred from capturing the image to transmitting and viewing it.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Had it been transmitting then, the autopilot would simply have homed on it.Pushbutton War
Joseph P. Martino
- (tr) to pass or cause to go from one place or person to another; transfer
- (tr) to pass on or impart (a disease, infection, etc)
- (tr) to hand down to posterity
- (tr; usually passive) to pass (an inheritable characteristic) from parent to offspring
- to allow the passage of (particles, energy, etc)radio waves are transmitted through the atmosphere
- to send out (signals) by means of radio waves or along a transmission line
- to broadcast (a radio or television programme)
- (tr) to transfer (a force, motion, power, etc) from one part of a mechanical system to another
C14: from Latin transmittere to send across, from trans- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for transmitting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey.
- To cause to spread; pass on.
- To impart or convey to others by heredity or inheritance; hand down.
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