an electronic message sent over a cellular network from one cell phone to another by typing words, often in shortened form, as “l8t” for “late,” on the phone's numeric or QWERTY keypad.
- Compare instant message (def. 1).
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How to use text message in a sentence
Dose of Roses sent out text messages and emailed customers to buy early, to avoid delivery delays due to Covid-19.Brands court customers with different tactics this Covid-tinged Valentine’s Day | Erika Wheless | February 11, 2021 | Digiday
It handles registrations, creates vaccination schedules, informs the recipients through text messages, sends people to the right vaccination center, and also creates a vaccination certificate after they’ve received two doses.India is betting on glitchy software to inoculate 300 million people by August | Lindsay Muscato | February 10, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
When Magpayo was named acting head coach at UC Riverside, he received a text message from an unknown number.Asian Coaches Association advocates for ‘minority of minorities’ in college basketball | Gene Wang | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
In both cases, the center was able to counsel the children over text message and dispatched emergency personnel.How mental-health crisis centers have tried to weather the COVID-19 storm | Jonathan Vanian | February 5, 2021 | Fortune
That same year, Belarus-born Eugenia Kuyda digitally re-created her deceased best friend using text messages he had sent friends before dying in a car crash.AI chat bots can bring you back from the dead, sort of | Dalvin Brown | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
At the same time, the Tasnim news agency, run by the IRGC, reported that ISIS is sending propaganda via text message inside Iran.
Over the summer, the two had been in frequent—some sources say “daily”—contact by phone and text message.Inside the Harry and Cressie Make Up: Britain’s Favorite Royal Is In Love | Tom Sykes | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I had recently attended a wedding because a text message had referenced some questionable behavior.
Solidifying his reputation as the one you wish had gotten away, Levine reportedly broke up with Simpson via text message.
The sounds of text message and voicemail notifications were a clear indictor that we were back to reality.Do You Suffer From Smartphone Anxiety? (And if So, What the Hell’s Your Problem?) | Melissa Fares | April 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It will always precede and follow a cipher message or such part of a plain text message as is enciphered.Visual Signaling | Signal Corps United States Army
British Dictionary definitions for text message
a written message sent by means of a mobile phone
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