Com*mu`ni*ca"tion (?), n. [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. Shak.

3.

Association; company.

Evil communications corrupt 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.

7. Rhet.

A trope, by which a speaker assumes that his hearer is a partner in his sentiments, and says we, instead of I or you.

Beattie.

Syn. -- Correspondence; conference; intercourse.

 

© Webster 1913.

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