- a rope or chain made into an endless belt to pull on an anchor cable or to drive machinery from some power source, as a capstan or winch.
- a light line by which a heavier line, as a hawser, can be pulled across a gap between a ship and a pier, a buoy, another ship, etc.
verb (used with object)
Origin of messenger
Examples from the Web for messenger
As important as the messenger is here, the message—jobs—is even more so.
I hate to use “passion project,” but Kill the Messenger does seem like just that for you.
In between the blockbusters, the 43-year-old managed to slip in Kill the Messenger.
There had already been a documentary on the case that aimed to do just that, as if killing the messenger would mute the message.What It's Like to Watch Kate Beckinsale Play You in a Movie|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I believe the backlash here has more to do with the messenger than the products themselves.
The commission was sent for, and Riel tried to intercept the messenger, but failed to do so.The Remarkable History of the Hudson's Bay Company|George Bryce
A messenger was at once dispatched to the hall with a note of apology for their abrupt departure.Frank Oldfield|T.P. Wilson
The messenger, having met our expedition, returned with us to the fort.Old Rail Fence Corners|Various
At first it seemed so incredible, that the messenger was deemed either a liar or a madman.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End|Titus Livius
Demand of him some proofs at least, of his being the messenger of the Deity.Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet|Benjamin Drake
British Dictionary definitions for messenger
- a light line used to haul in a heavy rope
- an endless belt of chain, rope, or cable, used on a powered winch to take off power
Word Origin for messenger
Word Origin and History for messenger
c.1200, messager, from Old French messagier "messenger, envoy, ambassador," from message (see message (n.)). With parasitic -n- inserted by c.1300 for no apparent reason except that people liked to say it that way (cf. passenger, harbinger, scavenger).