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Definitions for those who work in communications and perception

Communications

What a word! It means so many things, maybe too many things. It’s one of the those words that has evolved and continues to do so. It has artistic, anatomical, technical and even military connotations.

For Excess Noise, communications is “the field of knowledge that encompasses all acts of purposeful transmission of information {a series of signals that result in a message} with or without the intent of inciting action.”

Let’s look at several dictionary and thesaurus definitions.

  • the communication of news: transmission, conveyance, divulgence, disclosure; dissemination, promulgation, broadcasting
  • there was no communication between them: contact, dealings, relations, connection, association, socializing, intercourse; correspondence, dialogue, talk, conversation, discussion
  • an official communication: message, statement, announcement, report, dispatch, communiqué, letter, bulletin, correspondence
  • the city has excellent road and rail communications: links, connections, services, routes
  • meetings are used for the communication of research results: transmission, imparting, conveying, reporting, presenting, passing on, handing on, relay, conveyance, divulgence, divulgation, disclosure; spreading, dissemination, promulgation, broadcasting, circulation, circulating
  • there had been no communication between them for years: contact, dealings, relations, connection, association, communion, socializing, intercourse, social intercourse, social relations, interface, interchange, correspondence, dialogue, talk, conversation, discussion, speaking, talking, chatting, meeting, getting in touch; dated commerce; archaic traffic
  • there has been no official communication regarding an appeal: message, statement, announcement, report, dispatch, communiqué, letter, bulletin, correspondence, news, word, information, intelligence, instruction
  • communication informal: info, gen, low-down, dirt; literary tidings.
  • the imparting or exchanging of information or news: direct communication between the two countries will produce greater understanding; at the moment I am in communication with London; a letter or message containing such information or news
  • the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings: there was a lack of communication between Pamela and her parents
  • social contact: she gave him some hope of her return, or at least of their future communication
  • means of connection between people or places, in particular: the means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers, satellite communications, a communications network; the means of traveling or of transporting goods, such as roads or railroads; a city providing excellent road and rail communications
  • the field of study concerned with the transmission of information by various means
  • lines of communication the connections between an army in the field and its bases
  • any system for communicating information or ideas: bureaucracies are characterized by established lines of communication
  • communicational |-ˈkāSHənl|adjective ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French comunicacion, from Latin communicatio(n-), from the verb communicare ‘to share’
  • communication |kəmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n| noun [ mass noun ] the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium: television is an effective means of communication | at the moment I am in communication with London. • [ count noun ] a letter or message containing information or news. • the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings: there was a lack of communication between Pamela and her parents. • social contact: she gave him some hope of her return, or at least of their future communication
  • communications: means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers: satellite communications | [ as modifier ] : a communications network. • [ treated as sing. ] the field of study concerned with the transmission of information
  • communications: means of travelling or of transporting goods, such as roads or railways: a city providing excellent road and rail communications. DERIVATIVES communicational adjective ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French comunicacion, from Latin communicatio(n-), from the verb communicare ‘to share’

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