trans·mis·sion /træn(t)sˈmɪʃən, trænz-/
1. 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. Law 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.
3. Mech. The mechanism within a vehicle which transmits rotational power from the engine to the axle of the wheel propelling the vehicle; it includes the gears and gear-changing mechanism as well as the propeller shaft.
4. The process or event of sending signals by means of a radio-frequency wave from an electronic transmitter to a receiving device.
n 1: the act of sending a message; causing a message to be
transmitted [syn: transmittal, transmitting]
2: communication by means of transmitted signals
3: the fraction of radiant energy that passes through a
substance [syn: transmittance]
4: an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
[syn: infection, contagion]
5: the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via
the driveshaft to the live axle [syn: transmission system]