instant messaging

[ in-stuhnt mes-ij-ing ]
/ ˈɪn stənt ˈmɛs ɪdʒ ɪŋ /
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noun Digital Technology.
a system for exchanging typed electronic messages instantly via the internet or a cellular network, using a shared software application on a personal computer or mobile device. Abbreviation: IM
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Origin of instant messaging

First recorded in 1995–2000
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British Dictionary definitions for instant messaging

instant messaging

computing the online facility that allows the instant exchange of written messages between two or more people using different computers or mobile phonesAbbreviation: Abbreviation: IM
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Cultural definitions for instant messaging

instant messaging

A computer communications program that allows people to send and receive typed messages very rapidly. It is often used for online “chats.”

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