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transmission (n.)

1610s, "conveyance from one place to another," from Latin transmissionem (nominative transmissio) "a sending over or across, passage," noun of action from past-participle stem of transmittere "send over or across" (see transmit). Meaning "part of a motor vehicle that regulates power from the engine to the axle" is first recorded 1894.

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Definitions of transmission from WordNet

transmission (n.)
the act of sending a message; causing a message to be transmitted;
Synonyms: transmittal / transmitting
transmission (n.)
communication by means of transmitted signals;
transmission (n.)
the fraction of radiant energy that passes through a substance;
Synonyms: transmittance
transmission (n.)
an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted;
Synonyms: infection / contagion
transmission (n.)
the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle;
Synonyms: transmission system
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