messaging

[mes-uh-jing]

noun

a system or process of transmitting messages, especially electronically, by computer, telephone, television cable, etc.

Nearby words

  1. message center,
  2. message stick,
  3. message switching,
  4. message unit,
  5. messager,
  6. messalian,
  7. messalina,
  8. messaline,
  9. messan,
  10. messapian

Origin of messaging


message

[mes-ij]

noun

a communication containing some information, news, advice, request, or the like, sent by messenger, telephone, email, or other means.
an official communication, as from a chief executive to a legislative body: the president's message to Congress.
Digital Technology. a post or reply on an online message board.
the inspired utterance of a prophet or sage.
the point, moral, or meaning of a gesture, utterance, novel, motion picture, etc.
Computers. a warning, permission, etc., communicated by the system or software to the user: an error message; a message to allow blocked content.

verb (used without object)

to send a message, especially an electronic message.

verb (used with object)

to send (a person) a message.
to send as a message.

Origin of message

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Vulgar Latin *missāticum, equivalent to Latin miss(us) sent (past participle of mittere to send) + -āticum -age

Related formsin·ter·mes·sage, noun, adjective

Can be confusedmassage message

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British Dictionary definitions for messaging

messaging

noun

the practice of sending and receiving written communications by computer or mobile phone

message

noun

a communication, usually brief, from one person or group to another
an implicit meaning or moral, as in a work of art
a formal communiqué
an inspired communication of a prophet or religious leader
a mission; errand
(plural) Scot shoppinggoing for the messages
get the message informal to understand what is meant

verb

(tr) to send as a message, esp to signal (a plan, etc)

Word Origin for message

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin missāticum (unattested) something sent, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere to send

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Word Origin and History for messaging
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with messaging

message

see get the message.

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