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[ tel-i-kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh nz ]
/ ˌtɛl ɪ kəˌmyu nɪˈkeɪ ʃənz /


Sometimes telecommunication. (used with a singular verb) the transmission of information, as words, sounds, or images, usually over great distances, in the form of electromagnetic signals, as by telegraph, telephone, radio, or television.
Sometimes telecommunication. (used with a singular verb) the science and technology of such communication.
telecommunication, a message so transmitted.


of or relating to telecommunications.

Nearby words

telecast, telecine, telecom, telecommunicate, telecommunication, telecommunications, telecommute, telecommuter, telecommuting, telecomputing, teleconference

Origin of telecommunications

First recorded in 1930–35; tele-1 + communication + -s3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for telecommunication (1 of 2)


/ (ˌtɛlɪkəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the telegraphic or telephonic communication of audio, video, or digital information over a distance by means of radio waves, optical signals, etc, or along a transmission line

British Dictionary definitions for telecommunication (2 of 2)


/ (ˌtɛlɪkəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃənz) /


(functioning as singular) the science and technology of communications by telephony, radio, television, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for telecommunication



1932, from French télécommunication (see tele- + communication). Related: Telecommunications.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for telecommunication


[ tĕl′ĭ-kə-myōō′nĭ-kāshən ]

The science and technology of sending and receiving information such as sound, visual images, or computer data over long distances through the use of electrical, radio, or light signals, using electronic devices to encode the information as signals and to decode the signals as information.
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