Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of transmitting.
  • n. The fact of being transmitted.
  • n. Something, such as a message, that is transmitted.
  • n. An automotive assembly of gears and associated parts by which power is transmitted from the engine to a driving axle. Also called gearbox.
  • n. The sending of a signal, picture, or other information from a transmitter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of transmitting, e.g. data or electric power.
  • n. The fact of being transmitted.
  • n. Something that is transmitted, such as a message, picture or a disease; the sending of such a thing.
  • n. The passage of a nerve impulse across synapses.
  • n. An assembly of gears through which power is transmitted from the engine to the driveshaft in a motor car / automobile; a gearbox.
  • n. The right possessed by an heir or legatee of transmitting to his successor(s) any inheritance, legacy, right, or privilege, to which he is entitled, even if he should die without enjoying or exercising it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of transmitting, or the state of being transmitted.
  • n. The right possessed by an heir or legatee of transmitting to his successor or successors any inheritance, legacy, right, or privilege, to which he is entitled, even if he should die without enjoying or exercising it.
  • n. The mechanism within a vehicle which transmits rotational power from the engine to the axle of the wheel propelling the vehicle; it includes the gears and gear-changing mechanism as well as the propeller shaft.
  • n. The process or event of sending signals by means of a radio-frequency wave from an electronic transmitter to a receiving device.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The apparatus and mechanism for transmitting (with transformation) the revolutions of the motor-shaft in a motor-car to the driving-wheels.
  • n. The act of transmitting, or the state of being transmitted; transmittal; transference.
  • n. In biology, specifically, same as heredity.
  • n. In physics, a passing through, as of light through glass or other transparent body, or of radiant heat through a diathermanous body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. communication by means of transmitted signals
  • n. the act of sending a message; causing a message to be transmitted
  • n. an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
  • n. the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle
  • n. the fraction of radiant energy that passes through a substance

Etymologies

Latin trānsmissiō, trānsmissiōn-, a sending across, from trānsmissus, past participle of trānsmittere, to transmit; see transmit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin transmissionem (nominative of transmissio), from transmittere. (Wiktionary)

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  • Ian, the sentences are gathered automatically. We've rolled out some new rulesets and a big batch of new data that need just a few tweaks. I've opened a support ticket for the issue.

    January 21, 2010

  • Again, there are sample sentences for the word at the top of the page that do not actually contain the word! Do you need help editing?

    January 21, 2010