- 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.
He and his followers have become really good at keeping their communications covert.
Army officials also allege that he worked for ethnic rebels as a “communications captain.”Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives|Joshua Carroll|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The NSA had already built the infrastructure to tap into communications networks.
What access to communications would they be given during quarantine?
I should judge from what I saw of the truth of his communications.
I shall hope for your Excellency's communications as soon as convenient.
Osborne and others, that communications were kept up so well.The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919|Captain W. C. C. Weetman
The length of their line of communications had evidently severely strained them.War in the Garden of Eden|Kermit Roosevelt
You would like to see the three communications which I have received from this man Bablon?The Sins of Sverac Bablon|Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for communications
- (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
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.)).