- The definition of a message is a short communication sent from one person to another or the central theme or idea of a communication.
- An example of a message is what you leave for someone on an answering machine when you have tried to call him and he wasn't there.
- An example of a message is a speech made before the press that gives them information on your political position.
- An example of a message is the important idea of world peace; people try to spread the idea - or message - of world peace.
- An example of a message is an email you receive in your inbox.
message definition by Webster's New World
- a communication passed or sent by speech, in writing, by signals, etc.
- a formal, official communication: the President's message to Congress
- an inspired communication, as of a prophet or philosopher
- the chief idea or theme that an artist, writer, etc. seeks to communicate in a work
- Archaic the errand or function of a messenger
- Informal commercial
Origin: Old French ; from Midieval Latin missaticum ; from past participle of Classical Latin mittere, to send: see mission
message definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A usually short communication transmitted by words, signals, or other means from one person, station, or group to another.b. The substance of such a communication; the point or points conveyed: gestured to a waiter, who got the message and brought the bill.
- A statement made or read before a gathering: a retiring coach's farewell message.
- A basic thesis or lesson; a moral: a play with a message.
- To send a message to.
- To send as a message: messaged the report by cable.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin missāticum, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere, to send.
message - Computer Definition
A complete thought or idea prepared for transmission. A message may consist of a single discrete set of data prepared for transmission as a whole, or it may be segmented, fragmented, or otherwise divided into multiple parts of the whole in the form of frames, blocks, packets, cells or other sets of data for enhanced effectiveness in transmission, switching or routing, format conversion, storage, etc.At the destination, the fragments or segments are reassembled into the complete message.
Recorded information or a stream of data in plain or encrypted language put in a format specified for transmission in a telecommunication system. In the computer field, certain object-oriented programming languages such as Smalltalk and Objective-C use messages—actually instructions to an object—to perform particular tasks. In this context, a message is similar to a member function. In the Objective-C runtime environment, messages can still be forwarded even if an object does not recognize (that is, respond to) a particular message.
GNU Free Documentation License. Message. [Online, April 30, 2005.] GNU Free Documentation License Website. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Message.
(1) An e-mail that contains text and possibly other file attachments. See e-mail.
(2) Any set of transmitted data. Just as a program becomes a job when it runs in the computer, data becomes a message when it is transmitted over a network.
(3) In object technology, communicating between objects, similar to a function call in traditional programming.
message - Phrases/Idioms
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