- 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.
- means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.
- routes and transportation for moving troops and supplies from a base to an area of operations.
- activity by one organism that changes or has the potential to change the behavior of other organisms.
- transfer of information from one cell or molecule to another, as by chemical or electrical signals.
Origin of communication
Examples from the Web for communications
Jack Lundie, Director of Communications for the British charity Oxfam, defended the single to the Daily Beast.Do They Know It’s Time to Stop Band Aid?
November 22, 2014
He and his followers have become really good at keeping their communications covert.ISIS Keeps Getting Better at Dodging U.S. Spies
Shane Harris, Noah Shachtman
November 14, 2014
Army officials also allege that he worked for ethnic rebels as a “communications captain.”Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives
November 11, 2014
The NSA had already built the infrastructure to tap into communications networks.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
What access to communications would they be given during quarantine?Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
October 28, 2014
I should judge from what I saw of the truth of his communications.
The floor was lifted between us, however, and we held our communications by these means.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
In the meantime the communications of the Allies were in danger.
He might, indeed, have been safely trusted with the most compromising communications.The Fat and the Thin
There is power over and behind us, and we are the channels of its communications.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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
- (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
- (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
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.)).
- 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.