from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of communicating; transmission.
- n. The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.
- n. Interpersonal rapport.
- n. The art and technique of using words effectively to impart information or ideas.
- n. The field of study concerned with the transmission of information by various means, such as print or broadcasting.
- n. Any of various professions involved with the transmission of information, such as advertising, broadcasting, or journalism.
- n. Something communicated; a message.
- n. A means of communicating, especially:
- n. A system, such as mail, telephone, or television, for sending and receiving messages.
- n. A network of routes for sending messages and transporting troops and supplies.
- n. The technology employed in transmitting messages.
- n. Biology The transfer of information from one molecule, cell, or organism to another, as by chemical or electrical signals or by behaviors.
- n. Anatomy An opening or connecting passage between two structures.
- n. Anatomy A joining or connecting of solid fibrous structures, such as tendons and nerves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The concept or state of exchanging information between entities.
- n. The potential for information exchange.
- n. A message; the essential data transferred in an act of communication.
- n. The body of all data transferred to one or both parties during an act of communication.
- n. An instance of information transfer; a conversation or discourse.
- n. A passageway or opening between two locations.
- n. A connection between two tissues, organs, or cavities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or fact of communicating.
- n. Intercourse by words, letters, or messages; interchange of thoughts or opinions, by conference or other means; conference; correspondence.
- n. Association; company.
- n. Means of communicating; means of passing from place to place; a connecting passage; connection.
- n. That which is communicated or imparted; intelligence; news; a verbal or written message.
- n. Participation in the Lord's supper.
- n. A trope, by which a speaker assumes that his hearer is a partner in his sentiments, and says we, instead of I or you.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of communicating.
- n. An act done in common with others; a joint transaction.
- n. The act of imparting, conferring, or bestowing: as, the communication of secrets.
- n. The act of sharing or participating.
- n. Participation in the sacrament of the Lord's supper.
- n. Interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech or writing.
- n. Association; companionship; intercourse.
- n. Means of communicating; the way and the means of passing from place to place, as a strait or channel between seas or lakes, a road between cities or settlements, a gallery between apartments in a house or a fortification, the route by which an army communicates with its base of operations, etc.
- n. That which is communicated or imparted; information or intelligence imparted by speech or writing; a document or message imparting information.
- n. In rhetoric, a figure by which a speaker or writer represents his hearer or reader as participating in his sentiments, by the use of the pronoun we instead of I or you.
- n. A communication between such persons or under such circumstances that it is not a matter of right to prove it as an admission by calling the receiver of it as a witness. Also called confidential communication.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
- n. something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
- n. a connection allowing access between persons or places
Old French communicacion, from Latin commūnicātiōnem, accusative singular of commūnicātiō ("imparting, communicating"), from commūnicō ("share, impart"). (Wiktionary)