ETYM Latin communicatio.
The sending and receiving of messages. The messages can be verbal or nonverbal; verbal messages can be spoken or written, and transmitted in a variety of ways (see telecommunications). Most nonverbal messages between human beings are in the form of body language.
Verbal messages are by no means the clearest and most powerful. The sense of touch, for example, is one of the most forceful methods of communication.In biology, the signaling of information by one organism to another, usually with the intention of altering the recipient’s behavior. Signals used in communication may be visual (such as the human smile or the display of colorful plumage in birds), auditory (for example, the whines or barks of a dog), olfactory (such as the odors released by the scent glands of a deer), electrical (as in the pulses emitted by electric fish), or tactile (for example, the nuzzling of male and female elephants).1. The activity of communicating; SYN. communicating.
2. Something that is communicated between people or groups.
3. A connection allowing access between persons or places.
ETYM Old Eng. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, Latin epistola; cf. Old Fren. epistle, epistre, French épître. Related to Stall.
Especially a long, formal letter.
In the New Testament, any of the 21 letters to individuals or to the members of various churches written by Christian leaders, including the 13 written by St Paul. The term also describes a letter with a suggestion of pomposity and literary affectation, and a letter addressed to someone in the form of a poem, as in the epistles of Horace and Alexander Pope.
The epistolary novel, a story told as a series of (fictitious) letters, was popularized by Samuel Richardson in the 18th century.
ETYM Old Eng. erende, erande, message, business, AS. aerende, aerend; akin to OS. arundi, Old High Germ. arunti, Icel. eyrendi, örendi, erendi, Swed. ärende, Dan. aerende; perh. akin to AS. earu swift, Icel. örr, and to Latin oriri to rise, Eng. orient.
A short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission.
1. A communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
2. What a communication that is about something is about; SYN. content, subject matter, substance.
ETYM Latin missio, from mittere, missum, to send: cf. French mission. Related to Missile.
1. A task that has been assigned to a person or group; SYN. charge, commission.
2. An operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters; SYN. military mission.
3. An organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work; SYN. missionary post, missionary station, foreign mission.
4. The organized work of a religious missionary; SYN. missionary work.