communication

[ kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh n ]
/ kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun


Nearby words

  1. communicate,
  2. communicating,
  3. communicating artery,
  4. communicating branch,
  5. communicating hydrocephalus,
  6. communication cord,
  7. communication disorder,
  8. communication engineering,
  9. communication interface,
  10. communication theory

Origin of communication

1375–1425; Middle English communicacioun < Middle French < Latin commūnicātiōn- (stem of commūnicātiō), equivalent to commūnicāt(us) (see communicate) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for communication

communication

/ (kəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

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 plural; 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
(plural) military the system of routes and facilities by which forces, supplies, etc, are moved up to or within an area of operations
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Word Origin and History for communication

communication

n.

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.)).

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Medicine definitions for communication

communication

[ kə-myōō′nĭ-kāshən ]

n.

The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.
An opening or a connecting passage between two structures.
A joining or connecting of solid fibrous structures, such as tendons and nerves.

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