What does transmission mean?

Definitions for transmission
trænsˈmɪʃ ən, trænz-trans·mis·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. transmission, transmittal, transmittingnoun

    the act of sending a message; causing a message to be transmitted

  2. transmissionnoun

    communication by means of transmitted signals

  3. transmittance, transmissionnoun

    the fraction of radiant energy that passes through a substance

  4. infection, contagion, transmissionnoun

    an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted

  5. transmission, transmission systemnoun

    the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle


  1. transmissionnoun

    The act of transmitting, e.g. data or electric power.

  2. transmissionnoun

    The fact of being transmitted.

  3. transmissionnoun

    Something that is transmitted, such as a message, picture or a disease; the sending of such a thing.

  4. transmissionnoun

    The passage of a nerve impulse across synapses.

  5. transmissionnoun

    An assembly of gears through which power is transmitted from the engine to the driveshaft in a motor car / automobile; a gearbox.

  6. transmissionnoun

    The right possessed by an heir or legatee of transmitting to his successor(s) any inheritance, legacy, right, or privilege, to which he is entitled, even if he should die without enjoying or exercising it.

  7. Etymology: From transmissionem (nominative of transmissio), from transmittere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Transmissionnoun

    The act of sending from one place to another, or from one person to another.

    Etymology: transmission, Fr. transmissus, Latin.

    If there were any such notable transmission of a colony hither out of Spain, the very chronicles of Spain would not have omitted so memorable a thing. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Operations by transmission of spirits is one of the highest secrets in nature. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 236.

    In the transmission of the sea-water into the pits, the water riseth; but in the transmission of the water through the vessels it falleth. Francis Bacon.

    These move swiftly, but then they require a medium well disposed, and their transmission is easily stopped. Francis Bacon.

    The uvea has a musculous power, and can dilate and contract that round hole in it called the pupil, for the better moderating the transmission of light. More.

    Languages of countries are lost by transmission of colonies of a different language. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    This enquiry will be of use, as a parallel discovery of the transmission of the English laws into Scotland. Matthew Hale.

    Their reflexion or transmission depends on the constitution of the air and water behind the glass, and not the striking of the rays upon the parts of the glass. Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. Transmission

    Transmission is a song by English post-punk band Joy Division. Originally recorded in 1978 for the band's aborted self-titled album, it was later re-recorded the following year at a faster tempo and released by record label Factory as the band's debut single.


  1. transmission

    Transmission generally refers to the act or process of transferring or conveying something from one place, person, or system to another. This term can be used in several contexts such as transfer of data, information, or communication signals in technology; spreading of diseases in medicine; or transfer of power in mechanical systems. The mode or medium of transmission can vary based upon the specific context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transmissionnoun

    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

  2. Transmissionnoun

    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


  1. Transmission

    In telecommunications, transmission is the process of sending and propagating an analogue or digital information signal over a physical point-to-point or point-to-multipoint transmission medium, either wired, optical fiber or wireless. Transmission technologies and schemes typically refer to physical layer protocol duties such as modulation, demodulation, line coding, equalization, error control, bit synchronization and multiplexing, but the term may also involve higher-layer protocol duties, for example, digitizing an analog message signal, and source coding. Transmission of a digital message, or of a digitized analog signal, is known as data transmission or digital communication. One transmission is the sending of a signal with limited duration, for example a block or packet of data, a phone call, or an email.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. transmission

    The property in a merchantman, or a share therein, transmitted in consequence of the authenticated death, bankruptcy, or insolvency of any registered owner.

Editors Contribution

  1. transmission

    The act and process of to transmit.

    The satellite transmission was accurate and crystal clear.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transmission' in Nouns Frequency: #2175

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transmission in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transmission in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of transmission in a Sentence

  1. Drew Holden:

    CNN earning an award for coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, despite getting it wrong on masks, the lab leak hypothesis, transmission of the virus and more? ‘Nightline’ winning an award for the kidnapping plot of Governor Whitmer, which we’ve since come to find out involved more FBI agents and informants than actual perpetrators? You’ve got story after story listed for awards that not only got material facts wrong but for which other outlets did a far better job of getting the truth.

  2. Bart Knols:

    By controlling them right at the source we hope to have an impact ultimately on the transmission of malaria.

  3. Van Kerkove said.Read MoreShe:

    We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of Covid-19, as well as droplet. We've looked at fomites. We've looked at fecal oral. We've looked at mother to child. We've looked at animal to human, of course as well.

  4. Christopher Murray:

    There have been many, many states where mobility is starting to go up, even before the social distancing mandates are coming off, this rise of mobility in the last week or 10 days is likely leading to some increased transmission.

  5. Darrel Cummings:

    We have not been parental in this, we tell people this is one of the tools that's helpful in stopping the transmission of HIV and let them make up their own minds. There are naysayers out there. There are people who say PrEP encourages people to be promiscuous, but that hasn't been our experience.

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  • انتقالArabic
  • vysílání, přenos, převodovkaCzech
  • Übertragung, GetriebeGerman
  • μεταβίβαση, μετάδοση, διάδοση, ταχύτητες, κιβώτιο ταχυτήτωνGreek
  • caja de cambiosSpanish
  • ülekanneEstonian
  • انتقالPersian
  • siirtyminen, tartunta, tarttuminen, välittyminen, siirto, lähettäminen, lähetys, välittäminen, tartuttaminen, vaihteisto, voimansiirtoFinnish
  • boite de vitesses, transmissionFrench
  • transmisiónGalician
  • transmisiIndonesian
  • トランスミッション, 変速機, 伝送, 変速装置, 転送Japanese
  • კოლოფიGeorgian
  • transmissão, caixa de câmbioPortuguese
  • transmitere, angrenaj, transmisieRomanian
  • трансмиссия, пересылка, передача, перенос, коробка переключения передач, коробка передачRussian
  • трансмисија, мењач, menjač, mjenjač, пренос, мјењачSerbo-Croatian
  • växellåda, överföring, transmissionSwedish

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