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From Middle French transcription, or directly from Latin transcripti?nem, from tr?nscr?b? ("transcribe").


  • IPA(key): /t?æn'skpn/
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  • Rhymes: -?pn
  • Hyphenation: tran?scrip?tion


transcription (countable and uncountable, plural transcriptions)

  1. The act or process of transcribing.
    • 1610, John Healey, transl., chapter 13, in The Citie of God, London: George Eld, translation of De civitate Dei contra paganos by St. Augustine, page 548:
      One might easier beleeue that the error was committed in the transcription of the copy from Ptolomies library, and so that it had a successiue propagation through all the copies dispersed.
    • 2003, James Holstein, Jaber F. Gubrium, Inside Interviewing: New Lenses, New Concerns, SAGE (->ISBN), page 268
      In other words, data are (re)constructed in the process of transcription as a result of multiple decisions that reflect both theoretical and ostensibly pragmatic considerations.
  2. Something that has been transcribed, including:
    1. (music) An adaptation of a composition.
      These frame tale interludes frequently include transcriptions of Italian folk songs.
      • 2013, Gerald Abraham, Slavonic and Romantic Music: Essays and Studies, Faber & Faber (->ISBN)
        In other words, the adantino was written first as an independent piece; it is, moreover, hardly more than an elaborated transcription of the little song, 'Im Herbste', written in 1828, with its two exactly similar strophes (each only five bars long) and four-bar piano epilogue.
    2. (broadcasting) A recorded radio or television programme.
      • 1999, William L. Bird, "Better Living": Advertising, Media and the New Vocabulary of Business Leadership, 1935-1955, Northwestern University Press (->ISBN)
        From the outset, Selvage had hoped to interest NBC or CBS in broadcasting the American Family Robinson on a sustaining basis. Neither did, and the series ended up in transcription, recorded and circulated to individual stations by the World Broadcasting System.
    3. (linguistics) A representation of speech sounds as phonetic symbols.
      • 1977, Ali M. Al Kasimi, Linguistics and Bilingual Dictionaries, Brill Archive (->ISBN), page 37
        While the sounds of the language [English] undergo constant change and growth, the writing system is rarely reviewed or adapted to recent changes in speech. Consequently, there is a patent need for a transcription in linguistic research and dictionaries.
  3. (obsolete) A written document.
    • 1638, Richard Braithwait, A Survey Of History: Or, A Nursery for Gentry, London: I. Okes, page 27:
      THese Ages have beene, and are to this day, much indebted to Transcriptions. Inventions are oft-times slow, where the application of things invented to the present State seemes more facile and easie : Hereto then should the Scope of Histories tend ; not onely to personate the Acts of men upon the Theater of this world, but likewise to cull out such Lawes, Orders, and Precepts, as well Morall as Divine, which may benefit their present estate.
  4. (genetics) The synthesis of RNA under the direction of DNA.
    • 2001, Richard Kowles, Solving Problems in Genetics, Springer Science & Business Media (->ISBN), page 315
      The process in which the DNA molecule unwinds, separates its two polynucleotide strands, and synthesizes an RNA molecule from one of these DNA strands is called transcription. Genes transcribe chemical messages in the form of RNA molecules. Transcription begins at some site in the DNA duplex and ends at some other point.

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transcription f (plural transcriptions)

  1. transcription (all senses)

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