communication meaning

[ kəˌmju:ni'keiʃn ] Pronunciation:   "communication" in a sentence
Noun: communication  ku`myoonu'keyshun
  1. The activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
    "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
    - communicating 
  2. Something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups 
  3. A connection allowing access between persons or places
    "how many lines of communication can there be among four people?"; "a secret passageway provided communication between the two rooms"

Derived forms: communications

See also: communicate, communicational, communicative

Type of: abstract entity, abstraction, act, connectedness, connection, connexion [Brit], deed, human action, human activity

Encyclopedia: Communication Communication, Culture & Technology



1 [U]

the activity or process of expressing ideas and feelings or of giving people information:

She has excellent communication skills.

We are in regular communication by email.

Effective communication is the key to good sales.

external/internal communication

2 [U] (often communications [pl.])

methods of sending information, especially telephones, radio, computers, etc:

They were quick to adopt video conferencing as a communication tool.

communication(s) devices/equipment/technology/tools the communications business/industry/sector

3 communications [pl.]

the road, rail, aircraft, sea, etc. systems that allow goods and passengers to be transported from one place to another:

The new airport will improve communications between the islands.

Because of the earthquake, communications have been disrupted all over the state.

a communications infrastructure/network/system

4 (formal) [C]

a message, letter or telephone call:

This letter is to confirm our recent telephone communication.

The exchange or transmission of ideas,attitudes,or beliefs between individuals or groups. n
1 : the act or process of transmitting information (as about ideas, attitudes, emotions, or objective behavior) ‹nonverbal interpersonal communication› ‹emotional communication between parent and child —G. S. Blum›:
a : exchange of information between individuals through a common system of signs, symbols, or behavior ‹pictorial representation is a usable channel of communication between humans and the chimpanzee› ‹the function of pheromones in insect communication›
b : personal rapport ‹a lack of communication between young and old persons›
2 : information communicated
3 : a connection between bodily parts ‹an artificial communication between the esophagus and the stomach›

<hardware, standard> (CNR) A specification for audio, modem, USB and Local Area Networking interfaces of core computer logic chip sets. Intel introduced CNR on 2000-02-07. It was mainly developed by hardware and software developers who helped release AMR (Audio/Modem Riser) and is used by several computer manufacturers.


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  1. bank communications become more effective.
  2. intercellular communication is essential.
  3. electricity completely changed communications.
  4. to you, then, i must make my communication.
  5. communication is a difficult process.

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