There is a noun for "receive": reception.

What about "send"? Is there a noun for this verb?

It's about sending SMS messages, so I wish to underline the outgoing nature of the message.

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    Sendention? Maybe we should stick with transmission. – bib Jan 27 '14 at 22:54
  • Welcome to the site! Do you have a context in mind? Depending on context, many words could fit your purpose. As Bib says, transmission, but also shipment, mission, transfer, messaging, sending, despatch... – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Jan 27 '14 at 23:00
  • Not sending oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/sending – Kris Jan 9 '15 at 7:17

I agree with bib. Transmission is probably the best comparison here. Transmission comes from the Latin noun transmissio, which comes from the Latin verb mitto (mittere) meaning I send (to send).

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    I ended up using "sending", which is also a noun, but the accepted answer is still correct. – kolypto Jan 27 '14 at 23:26
  • There's a related post dealing with the meaning of transmission in various contexts and how it differs sometimes from a message sent. Please search previous posts. – Kris Jan 28 '14 at 6:49

Possible nouns linked to send, are 'conveyance' or 'consignment'. One can, also, rather than 'send' the goods, 'consign' them.

And that of 'receive', in the case of goods is not 'reception' but 'receipt'. I find myself 'in receipt' of letters and goods, never in 'reception' of them.

I am however, from time to time in 'reception' of visitors.

So I think it's 'receipt' for goods, 'reception' for people.


It depends on just what is being sent. A letter once sent becomes a missive, a word built on the soundest of etymological foundations.

But if you prefer epistles over letters, we may have to fish from a different etymological lake.

  • Too smart for me :D – kolypto Jan 27 '14 at 23:26

In some contexts, you can use "emission".

  • Welcome to EL&U. Your answer would be improved with an explanation as to why and in which contexts you could use emission. I encourage you to visit the help center for additional guidance on contributing to the site. – choster Apr 28 '14 at 3:34

Have you considered "texting" and "text messaging" as possible alternative terms to "SMS sending?"

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