[ih-mish-uh n]


an act or instance of emitting: the emission of poisonous fumes.
something that is emitted; discharge; emanation.
an act or instance of issuing, as paper money.
Electronics. a measure of the number of electrons emitted by the heated filament or cathode of a vacuum tube.
an ejection or discharge of semen or other fluid from the body.
the fluid ejected or discharged.

Origin of emission

1600–10; (< Middle French) < Latin ēmissiōn- (stem of ēmissiō), equivalent to ēmiss(us), past participle of ēmittere to emit (ē- e-1 + mit- send + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·e·mis·sion, nounre·e·mis·sion, noun
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Contemporary Examples of emissions

Historical Examples of emissions

  • Its emissions must always be in a compound ratio to the fund and the demand.

  • Now, we may say of registers that they are to the larnyx what emissions are to the mouth.

  • When Parliament passed an act to prohibit future emissions in the colonies, they seemed satisfied.

    Give Me Liberty

    Thomas J. Wertenbaker

  • For this reason women can stand frequently repeated sex relations and emissions or pollutions much better than men can.


    William J. Robinson

  • This circumstance has led certain persons to suppose that emissions are natural and beneficial.

British Dictionary definitions for emissions



the act of emitting or sending forth
energy, in the form of heat, light, radio waves, etc, emitted from a source
a substance, fluid, etc, that is emitted; discharge
a measure of the number of electrons emitted by a cathode or electron gunat 1000°C the emission is 3 mA See also secondary emission, thermionic emission
physiol any bodily discharge, esp an involuntary release of semen during sleep
an issue, as of currency
Derived Formsemissive, adjective

Word Origin for emission

C17: from Latin ēmissiō, from ēmittere to send forth, emit
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Word Origin and History for emissions



early 15c., "something sent forth," from Middle French émission (14c.) and directly from Latin emissionem (nominative emissio) "a sending out, projecting, hurling, letting go, releasing," from past participle stem of emittere "send out" (see emit). Meaning "a giving off or emitting" is from 1610s.

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emissions in Medicine




A discharge of fluid from a living body, usually a seminal discharge.
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