[tel-i-kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuh nz]


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.

Origin of telecommunications

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

Examples from the Web for telecommunications

Contemporary Examples of telecommunications

Historical Examples of telecommunications

  • With cheap, educated workforce – they can monopolize basic data processing and telecommunications functions worldwide.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Grinning secretively to himself, he walked into the telecommunications room.

    The House from Nowhere

    Arthur G. Stangland

British Dictionary definitions for telecommunications



(functioning as singular) the science and technology of communications by telephony, radio, television, etc
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telecommunications in Science



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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