• WordNet 3.6
    • n communication something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
    • n communication the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
    • n communication 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Billings, Montana it is illegal for employees of the city's communications center to program their phones with speed dial.
    • Communication (Rhet) A trope, by which a speaker assumes that his hearer is a partner in his sentiments, and says we, instead of I or you.
    • Communication Association; company. "Evil communications corrupt good manners."
    • Communication Intercourse by words, letters, or messages; interchange of thoughts or opinions, by conference or other means; conference; correspondence. "Argument . . . and friendly communication ."
    • Communication Means of communicating; means of passing from place to place; a connecting passage; connection. "The Euxine Sea is conveniently situated for trade, by the communication it has both with Asia and Europe."
    • Communication Participation in the Lord's supper.
    • Communication That which is communicated or imparted; intelligence; news; a verbal or written message.
    • Communication The act or fact of communicating; as, communication of smallpox; communication of a secret.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar was the first to encode communications, using what has become known as the Caesar Cipher.
    • n communication The act of communicating. A conference; a joint deliberation.
    • n communication An act done in common with others; a joint transaction.
    • n communication The act of imparting, conferring, or bestowing: as, the communication of secrets.
    • n communication The act of sharing or participating.
    • n communication Participation in the sacrament of the Lord's supper.
    • n communication Interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech or writing.
    • n communication Association; companionship; intercourse.
    • n communication 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 communication That which is communicated or imparted; information or intelligence imparted by speech or writing; a document or message imparting information.
    • n communication 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 communication 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
    • Communication act of communicating: that which is communicated: intercourse: correspondence: a means of communicating, a connecting passage or channel
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  • Bertolt Brecht
    “Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.”
  • James Duffecy
    James Duffecy
    “Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.”
  • Theodore White
    Theodore White
    “Power in America today is control of the means of communication.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Prayer is a passport to heaven. Your communication with God.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints.”
  • George Eliot
    “Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.”


Lines of communication - Lines of communication are the routes used to communicate by people or groups who are in conflict; a government might open lines of communication with terrorists if it wished to negotiate with them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. communicatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. communicāre, -ātum, from communis.


In literature:

But Betts had a communication to make that gave the governor a good deal of concern.
"The Crater" by James Fenimore Cooper
Desires her to communicate extracts from this letter to the Ladies of his family.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
The brightness of truth, as it had been communicated by Noah, became covered, as it were, with a cloud.
"The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey
I shall present my Reader with a short Specimen of them in this Paper, and may perhaps communicate more to him hereafter.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Of the Number to be Initiated at one Communication.
"The Principles of Masonic Law" by Albert G. Mackey
All interpenetrate and communicate their action.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
He had abandoned his communications.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Mr. Grey refused to make any farther communication, simply saying that he would as yet express no opinion.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
Even those who are firmly determined to keep the rule will, from inadvertence, for a day or two, make communication with each other.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
Extensive railway communication and the Nile waterway induce a large transport trade, but there is little industry.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood

In poetry:

He'll hear no tone
Of the maiden he loves so well!
No telephone
Communicates with his cell!
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
For as the tasteful bread and wine are good,
To strengthen and rejoice the heart of flesh:
Just so our Saviour's Body and his Blood,
The souls of good communicants refresh.
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
When these from Public Spirit smile, we see
Free-opening gates, and bow'ry pleasures free;
For sure great souls one truth can never miss,
Bliss not communicated is not bliss.
"Of Public Spirit In Regard To Public Works: An Epistle, To His Royal Highness Frederick Prince of Wa" by Richard Savage
The pidgin talk the youthful use
Bypasses conversation.
I can't believe the code they choose
Is a means of communication.
Oh to be with people over sixty
Despite their tendency to prolixty!
"You Can Be A Republican, I'm A Genocrat" by Ogden Nash
Her grief, in jumps of earthly weight,
Did Jane around communicate:
For that the moment when began
The holy but mistaken man,
In view of light, to take his lift,
They cut him from her charm adrift!
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
But Sir John Moore concentrated his troops in the north,
And into the west corner of Spain he boldly marched forth;
To cut off Napoleon's communications with France
He considered it to be advisable and his only chance.
"The Battle of Corunna" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

There are no guarantees that the story will be published, of course, but it's still an open channel of anonymous communication.
Under Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 4650.02, MARS provides contingency radio communications ...
Certainly, the complexities of global HR require new strategies for communication and collaboration.
Communicating with strangers on the Web.
Memphis College of Art director of communications Cara Sievers is seen reflected in the window of a storage area where numerous paintings and sculptures owned by the college are kept.
Hoiles, founder of Freedom of Communications, Inc, neared his 75th birthday, he published in the Register what he titled, "A few of the things I have faith in".
Changes in technology, which make remote communication faster and easier, along with the high cost of office space will drive more businesses to seek efficiency by providing a place to work on an as-needed basis.
Ascend BUYER(S): BNP Media (17-title Professional Services Division, including Stagnito Communications).
The root of this week's contretemps is one I've come to know well: bad communication.
Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness 10243 W National Ave West Allis.
Sherry Law, Evergreen Communication, helps companies communicate effectively with employees, customers and other stakeholders.
Page 1 of 2 It took a few years to get its ducks in a row, but Siemens Enterprise Communications is poised to enter 2012 a legitimate contender in the North America unified communications market.
TeleCommunication Systems Inc.'s SwiftLink 2510 SLICK (Secure Lightweight Interoperable Communications Kit) portable communications terminal greatly reduces the weight and size associated with deployable communication systems.
I am a communications and electronics technician for the federal prison in Danbury, in charge of all communications there.
The Society for Technical Communication is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of technical communication.

In science:

Hierarchial Hybrid Communication Network (HHCN): Information Theory Now let us consider the design of HHCN arising in disaster communication network (as well as networks arising in the hierarchies of various organisations).
Doubly Optimal Secure Multicasting: Hierarchical Hybrid Communication Network : Disaster Relief
This fault is of communication dead lock nature: all nodes are waiting for messages and there are no messages on the communication links.
Universal adaptive self-stabilizing traversal scheme: random walk and reloading wave
Xichun Li, Abudulla Gani, Rosli Salleh, Omar Zakaria, “The Future of Mobile Wireless Communication Networks” International Conference on Communication Software and Networks, 2009. . R.K.
Survey of Latest Wireless Cellular Technologies for Enhancement of Spectral Density at Reduced Cost
Atmel microcontrollers (MCU), which communicate via internal I2C bus: MPU with external memory for behavioral programs, MPU for control of sensors/actuators and MPU for ZigBee and IR communication.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Whereas one might think that forward classical communication helps, it is in fact known that it does not affect the quantum capacity since for any scheme that achieves error ε using classical forward communication, there exists a scheme without any classical communication with error at most 2ε .
Quantum to Classical Randomness Extractors