Message Definition

messaged, messages, messaging
A communication passed or sent by speech, in writing, by signals, etc.
Webster's New World
A usually short communication transmitted by words, signals, or other means from one person, station, or group to another.
I found the message you left at my desk. She sent me a quick message by e-mail.
American Heritage
A formal, official communication.
The President's message to Congress.
Webster's New World
The substance of such a communication; the point or points conveyed.
Gestured to a waiter, who got the message and brought the bill.
American Heritage
An inspired communication, as of a prophet or philosopher.
Webster's New World
To send (as) a message.
Webster's New World
To send as a message.
Messaged the report by cable.
American Heritage
To send a message; communicate.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World Telecom
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.
Webster's New World Hacker
off message
  • Deviating from a planned set of remarks or positions:

    The aides worried that the candidate would make a gaffe if he went off message.

American Heritage
on message
  • Following a planned set of remarks or positions.
American Heritage
get the message
  • to understand the implications of an action or, often, specif., of a hint, insinuation, etc.
Webster's New World
send a message
  • to convey or communicate one's feelings, desires, etc., often, specif., in a subtle or indirect manner
Webster's New World

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Origin of Message

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin missāticum from Latin missus past participle of mittere to send

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French, from Late Latin missaticum, from Latin mittere, missum (“to send").

    From Wiktionary


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