• IPA: /kəˌmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃən/


  1. The act or fact of communicating anything; transmission.
    communication of smallpox
    communication of a secret
  2. (uncountable) The concept or state of exchanging data or information between entities.
    Some say that communication is a necessary prerequisite for sentience; others say that it is a result thereof.
    The node had established communication with the network, but had as yet sent no data.
  3. A message; the essential data transferred in an act of communication.
    Surveillance was accomplished by means of intercepting the spies' communications.
  4. The body of all data transferred to one or both parties during an act of communication.
    The subpoena required that the company document their communication with the plaintiff.
  5. An instance of information transfer; a conversation or discourse.
    The professors' communications consisted of lively discussions via email.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Argument […] and friendly communication.
  6. A passageway or opening between two locations; connection.
    A round archway at the far end of the hallway provided communication to the main chamber.
    • The Euxine Sea is conveniently situated for trade, by the communication it has both with Asia and Europe.
    • 1900, Patents for Inventions: Abridgments of Specifications (page 75)
      This communication between the tank and pump is controlled by a float valve in the tanks and a cock in the pipe, while a poppet valve prevents the undrawn liquor going into the waste tank.
  7. (anatomy) A connection between two tissues, organs, or cavities.
    • 1855, William Stokes, The Diseases of the Heart and the Aorta Page 617 ↗
      ...and here a free communication had been established between the aorta and the vena cava.
  8. (obsolete) Association; company.
  9. Participation in Holy Communion.
  10. (rhetoric) A trope by which a speaker assumes that his hearer is a partner in his sentiments, and says "we" instead of "I" or "you".
  • anticommunication
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  • French: communication
  • German: Kommunikationsdaten
  • Russian: сообще́ние
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  • German: Durchgang
  • Russian: сообще́ние
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  • Russian: причаще́ние

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