A transcription is the document made by copying down in writing something that you listen to, like audio tapes, an interview, or comments made during a meeting.

If you watch TV crime dramas, you’ve probably seen someone take a transcription while cops interview a suspect — that person is writing down all the things that are said. Transcription can also refer to the process of transcribing. If you’re a musician, you probably know that transcription can also describe adapting a piece of music for different instruments, like a cello transcription of a Beatles song.

Definitions of transcription
  1. noun
    something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation
    synonyms: written text
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    a transcription from one alphabet to another
    phonetic transcription
    a transcription intended to represent each distinct speech sound with a separate symbol
    type of:
    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
  2. noun
    the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music
    synonyms: arrangement, arranging
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    changing an arrangement
    instrumentation, orchestration
    the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments
    an arrangement of events that attempts to achieve a maximum effect
    juggle, juggling
    the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impression
    musical chairs
    a rearrangement that has no practical effect or significance
    a rearrangement in a different order
    (electricity) a rearrangement of the relative positions of power lines in order to minimize the effects of mutual capacitance and inductance
    type of:
    composing, composition
    musical creation
  3. noun
    the act of making a record (especially an audio record)
    synonyms: recording
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    lip sync, lip synch, lip synchronisation, lip synchronization
    combining audio and video recording in such a way that the sound is perfectly synchronized with the action that produced it; especially synchronizing the movements of a speaker's lips with the sound of his speech
    the act of making a master recording from which copies can be made
    type of:
    creating from raw materials
    the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it
  4. noun
    a sound or television recording (e.g., from a broadcast to a tape recording)
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    a storage device on which information (sounds or images) have been recorded
  5. noun
    (genetics) the organic process whereby the DNA sequence in a gene is copied into mRNA; the process whereby a base sequence of messenger RNA is synthesized on a template of complementary DNA
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    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
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