instant messaging

noun
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of instant messaging

: a means or system for transmitting electronic messages instantly

instant message

noun or verb

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First Known Use of instant messaging

1995


INSTANT MESSAGING Defined for English Language Learners

instant messaging

noun

Definition of instant messaging for English Language Learners

  • : a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another computer


INSTANT MESSAGING Defined for Kids

instant messaging

noun instant mes·sag·ing \ -ˈme-si-jiŋ \

Definition of instant messaging for Students

: a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another

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