• WordNet 3.6
    • n transmission the act of sending a message; causing a message to be transmitted
    • n transmission the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle
    • n transmission communication by means of transmitted signals
    • n transmission an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
    • n transmission the fraction of radiant energy that passes through a substance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whale oil was used in some car transmissions until 1973
    • Transmission The act of transmitting, or the state of being transmitted; as, the transmission of letters, writings, papers, news, and the like, from one country to another; the transmission of rights, titles, or privileges, from father to son, or from one generation to another.
    • Transmission (Mech) 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.
    • Transmission The process or event of sending signals by means of a radio-frequency wave from an electronic transmitter to a receiving device.
    • Transmission (Law) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The difference between AM and FM radio is that FM is line-of-sight, while AM bounces off the atmosphere (more accurately, the ionosphere.) AM stations have to reduce the power of their transmissions at night because the ionosphere lifts with the colder temperatures and lees solar interference.
    • n transmission The apparatus and mechanism for transmitting (with transformation) the revolutions of the motor-shaft in a motor-car to the driving-wheels. The motor should turn faster than the driving-wheels; it should turn at a uniform speed, while the wheels should have a varying speed; and the motor-shaft must turn in one direction, in internal-combustion motors, while the motion of the car must on occasion be reversed. The transmission may be by shafting and gears and clutches, or by sprocket-wheels and chains. The change of speed may be by a train of gears made variable by sliding one set lengthwise upon a short counter-shaft, so that the ratio of driving to driven gear will be different when different pairs are in gear; or the so-called planetary gear may be used, an epicyclic train or several of them, which go into action when the motion of the supporting casing which carries the rolling gears is constrained by a brake; or a multiplicity of clutches may be employed, with the teeth of the gears constantly in mesh; or a frictional transmission is possible. Reversing of the wheels is effected in an irreversible motor by throwing an additional idle or transmitting wheel into the train. The steam-motors do not require so much transformation mechanism, since they are always reversible and have in themselves a wide flexibility as to speed of the crank-shaft. In large cars, however, it is of advantage to have a high gear and a low gear, the latter for hill-climbing on bad roads and for other cases where high speed of the vehicle is undesirable and yet the power of the motor should not be unduly throttled. In the transmission is also usually included the compensating gear, enabling the two driving-wheels to traverse a different length of roadway, as on curves, without slipping at the contact of wheel and road surface.
    • n transmission The act of transmitting, or the state of being transmitted; transmittal; transference.
    • n transmission In biology, specifically, same as heredity.
    • n transmission In physics, a passing through, as of light through glass or other transparent body, or of radiant heat through a diathermanous body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whale oil was used in automobile transmissions as late as 1973.
    • ns Transmission act of transmitting: the sending from one place or person to another: passage through
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  • Thomas J. Watson
    “The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. transmissio,; cf. F. transmission,. See Transmit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, across, mittĕre, missum, to send.


In literature:

One effect of the present system is the practically unchecked transmission of disease.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
You are merely a passive agent for the transmission of electric force.
"The Argosy" by Various
This she did not like either, and she put it away in a drawer; she would have nothing to do with the transmission of such an epistle as this.
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
Art is to him just the transmission of personal emotion to others.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
We have been favoured by the transmission of the following singular correspondence by the new Mayor of Dublin's private secretary.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Then he wondered why it was that mankind at each end of the cable had burst into jubilation upon the transmission of the first messages.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Its purpose is plainly information, the transmission of knowledge.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
It gave me the sincerest pleasure, my dear friend, to receive your letter... only a very few hours after the transmission of my last.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
In other words, color is due to selective absorption reflection, or transmission.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
If a transmission bar on a cross compound is broken, what would you do for the right side?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Beautiful is the tradition
Of that flight through heavenly portals,
The old classic superstition
Of the theft and the transmission
Of the fire of the Immortals!
"Prometheus, Or, The Poet's Forethought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

ZURICH – ABB has won an order worth around $160 million from Svenska Kraftnät, the national grid operator, to provide a new high-voltage underground cable system for the South-West Link power transmission project in southern Sweden.
1936 – Harnessing the power of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles (More info).
Two Mustang fastbacks were spotted in the yard, both of them with floor-mounted manual transmissions.
We have a 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty with a 6.4L diesel and automatic transmission, purchased new.
First International Symposium on 3D Data Processing Visualization and Transmission (3DPVT'02).
Features include a 27-hp engine with Tuff Torq integrated transmission, 7-ga.
Athens Town Board approves GRE 's transmission line.
China to Construct High-Voltage Transmission System Between Yunnan, Guangdong .
NRSC-1-B, NRSC AM " Preemphasis/Deemphasis and Broadcast Audio Transmission Bandwidth Specifications".
Manufactures oilfield pumping, power transmission and trailer product.
Lufkin Industries ( LUFK ) manufactures oilfield pumping, power transmission and trailer products.
The idea of a transmission that picks the perfect ratio is hardly a new one.
1985 GMC Jimmy Transmission Swap B And M 700 R4 Transmission.
Comnet brings new video data transmission solutions to ISC West.
There still is no medium available today that affords the flexibility fiber optic transmission offers.

In science:

Thus, the naturally induced transmission distance between processes h and k , which we denote by D(h, k), is the minimal distance between h and k in the weighted directed network graph, in which the bounds maxij on transmission times are the edge weights.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
As opposed to the fixed-transmission system described above, however, here the cone may differ significantly between different runs due to the varying transmission times.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
It is natural to explore the role of the medium via the complete set of the N orthogonal eigenchannels of the transmission matrix and their associated transmission eigenvalues τn .
Focusing through random media: eigenchannel participation number and intensity correlation
This has been explained in terms of the temporal variation of the number of quasi-normal modes of the medium that contribute substantially to transmission and, again, the effective number of distinct transmission eigenchannels.
Focusing through random media: eigenchannel participation number and intensity correlation
In the localized limit, the contrast approaches unity since transmission is carried by a single transmission eigenchannel.
Focusing through random media: eigenchannel participation number and intensity correlation