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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1932, from French télécommunication (see tele- + communication). Related: Telecommunications.


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The science and technology of the communication of messages over a distance using electric, electronic or electromagnetic impulses. (1932) 2 (context countable English) A message so transmitted.

  1. n. (often plural) systems used in transmitting messages over a distance electronically [syn: telecom]

  2. (often plural) the branch of electrical engineering concerned with the technology of electronic communication at a distance

Telecommunication (song)

"Telecommunication" is a song by A Flock of Seagulls from their debut album A Flock of Seagulls, released in 1981. Although it did not chart on either the traditional United Kingdom or United States charts, it received considerable time on the dance charts. It peaked at number 19 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1981, along with Modern Love Is Automatic. The uptempo beat featuring power chords and heavy synth, along with the futuristic lyrics, has enabled the song to reach cult status. The song is noteworthy because the band eschewed the guitar-laden choruses many songs of this period had (e.g. power ballad), and instead relied on percussion arpeggios and multi-layered sounds. The effect is not unlike what is known as the Wall of Sound effect, although unlike recordings of Phil Spector (who expressed interest in the band, calling them "phenomenal"), A Flock of Seagulls recorded in stereo.


Telecommunication is the transmission of signs, signals, messages, writings, images and sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagnetic systems, as defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Telecommunication occurs when the exchange of information between communication participants includes the use of technology. It is transmitted either electrically over physical media, such as cables, or via electromagnetic radiation. Such transmission paths are often divided into communication channels which afford the advantages of multiplexing. The term is often used in its plural form, telecommunications, because it involves many different technologies.

Early means of communicating over a distance included visual signals, such as beacons, smoke signals, semaphore telegraphs, signal flags, and optical heliographs. Other examples of pre-modern long-distance communication included audio messages such as coded drumbeats, lung-blown horns, and loud whistles. 20th and 21st century technologies for long-distance communication usually involve electrical and electromagnetic technologies, such as telegraph, telephone, and teleprinter, networks, radio, microwave transmission, fiber optics, and communications satellites.

A revolution in wireless communication began in the first decade of the 20th century with the pioneering developments in radio communications by Guglielmo Marconi, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909. Other notable pioneering inventors and developers in the field of electrical and electronic telecommunications include Charles Wheatstone and Samuel Morse (inventors of the telegraph), Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone), Edwin Armstrong and Lee de Forest (inventors of radio), as well as Vladimir K. Zworykin, John Logie Baird and Philo Farnsworth (some of the inventors of television).

Usage examples of "telecommunication".

Pacific Daylight Time It always struck Nordstrum as fascinating that Roger Gordian, who had made opening up and changing the world through telecommunications a crusade, rarely opened himself up to the world, and possessed the most contained and unchanging nature of anyone he knew.

Policy: Employees shall not provide direct telephone numbers for the company help desk, telecommunications department, computer operations, or system administrator personnel without verifying that the requester has a legitimate need to contact these groups.

UNIX was particularly wellsuited to telecommunications programming, and had become a standard in the field.

Professor Balthasar Van der Pol, director of Telecommunications Research for Philips of Eindhoven, the giant electronics group.

The company is comprised of consultants in every imaginable field of commerce-from consumer products to industrial and technical fields, from health care to finances, from telecommunications to publishing, fi-orn importing to transportation.

In particular, Baghdad will have unimpeded access to trucks, cars, tires, asphalt, rolling stock, locomotives, rail track, telecommunications gear, construction equipment, and all of the other supplies needed to make railroads and wheeled vehicles work.

By the time of the Restoration, faxing of human beings had become possible, and with the advent of collapsiter-based telecommunications soon afterward, the reliable transmission of human patterns quickly became routine.

Should the general public of the high-tech 1990s come to understand its own best interests in telecommunications, that might well pose a grave threat to the specialized technical power and authority that the telcos have relished for over a century.

You need to have a rich computer infrastructure, a functioning telecommunications network, cheap access to the Internet, computer literacy, inability to postpone gratification, a philosophy of consumerism and, finally, a modicum of trust between the players in the economy.

He was indeed, as Branson had told Boyann, a telecommunications expert.

It wasn't rice all over again, it wasn't computer chips all over again, it wasn't automobiles or their parts, not telecommunications gear or construction contracts or cellular phones.

Basic planetary telecommunication had evolved into a decentralized swarm system of old silicon-based computers demanding no organization or hierarchy, demanding nothing beyond a common communications protocol.

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In his keynote address to The Economist CEE Telecommunications Conference, in December 2001, Ofer Gneezy, President and CEO of iBasis (a global ITSP), cited industry analysts projecting VoIP average annual growth rates in CEE of 80 percent through 2006.

There is a big flurry of publicity-obvious PR plants-after the Nipponese tried to use their old-boy network to shut him out of the telecommunications market there, and he took it to the American public, spending $10 million of his own money on a campaign to convince Americans that the Nipponese were duplicitous schemers.