- 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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Examples from the Web for text message
See the back-and-forth allegations of stalking and text-message harassment.Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton’s Wild Feud: Stalking Allegations and Smear Campaigns
The Daily Beast
August 19, 2013
Supporters of the ruling say text-message contributions have the potential to bring in unlimited funds.Will Text-Message Contributions Save Obama’s Reelection Effort?
June 22, 2012
A text-message system was created to tell unregistered voters where to vote, something not even available in our country.Democracy Wins in Tunisia
Rep. Jane Harman
October 26, 2011
He topped it off by asking the audience to text-message the word “forward” to 95613.How Perry Could Win
July 29, 2011
They talk regularly on the phone, text-message daily, and send messages via Facebook.The Serial Killer Sisterhood
Christine Pelisek, Roja Heydarpour
April 11, 2011
- a written message sent by means of a mobile phone