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Webster 1913 Edition


Communication

Com-muˊni-ca′tion

(kŏm-mūˊnĭ-kā′shŭn)
,
Noun.
[L.
communicatio
.]
1.
The act or fact of communicating;
as,
communication
of smallpox;
communication
of a secret
.
2.
Intercourse by words, letters, or messages; interchange of thoughts or opinions, by conference or other means; conference; correspondence.
Argument . . . and friendly
communication
.
Shakespeare
3.
Association; company.
Evil
communications
corrupt good manners.
1 Cor. xv. 33.
4.
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.
Arbuthnot.
5.
That which is communicated or imparted; intelligence; news; a verbal or written message.
6.
Participation in the Lord’s supper.
Bp. Pearson.
Syn. – Correspondence; conference; intercourse.

Webster 1828 Edition


Communication

COMMUNICATION

, n.
1.
The act of imparting, conferring, or delivering, from one to another; as the communication of knowledge, opinions or facts.
2.
Intercourse by words, letters or messages; interchange of thoughts or opinions, by conference or other means.
Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you. 2 Sam. 3.
Let your communication be, yea, yea; nay, nay. Mat. 5.
In 1 Cor. 15:33, Evil communications corrupt good manners, the word may signify conversation, colloquial discourses, or customary association and familiarity.
3.
Intercourse; interchange of knowledge; correspondence; good understanding between men.
Secrets may be carried so far as to stop the communication necessary among all who have the management of affairs.
4.
Connecting passage; means of passing from place to place; as a strait or channel between seas or lakes, a road between cities or countries, a gallery between apartments in a house, an avenue between streets, &c.
Keep open a communication with the besieged place.
5.
That which is communicated or imparted.
The house received a communication from the Governor, respecting the hospital.
6.
In rhetoric, a trope by which a speaker or writer takes his hearer or speaker as a partner in his sentiments, and says we, instead of I or you.

Definition 2021


communication

communication

English

Noun

communication (plural communications)

  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.
    • Shakespeare
      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.
    • Arbuthnot
      The Euxine Sea is conveniently situated for trade, by the communication it has both with Asia and Europe.
  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.
    • Bible, 1 Corinthians xv. 33
      Evil communications corrupt manners.
  9. Participation in Holy Communion.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Pearson to this entry?)
  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".
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beattie to this entry?)

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  • anticommunication

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Noun

communication f (plural communications)

  1. communication

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