short message service

noun

Definition of short message service

: a technology for sending short text messages between mobile phones : sms Short message service (SMS or text messaging) is doing especially well and is expected to be a bigger business than consumer messaging by 2006, Patterson says.— Otis Port

First Known Use of short message service

1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Short message service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short%20message%20service. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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