Communication. A transmittal of information by signs, signals, cues, or words from one living thing to another.
Usage: Regarding nonverbal messages, a. all cues are signals, and b. all signals are signs--but c. not all signs are signals, and d. not all signs and signals are cues. Regarding verbal messages, words may be spoken, whistled, written, or manually signed.
See also MESSAGING FEATURE.
Photo of U.S. flag flying above Manito Park's Rose Garden (Spokane, Washington, USA). Among its many symbolic, nonverbal messages for Americans is one of territoriality: "This land is our land." That national flags move in the wind makes them "come alive." (Picture credit: David B. Givens, copyright 2005)