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Definition of text message 

: a short message sent electronically usually from one cell phone to another

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That meant, essentially, that anyone could crash Wardle's Taiwanese friend's phone at will, simply by sending her any text message that triggered a notification and included the Taiwanese flag. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Apple's China-Friendly Censorship Caused an iPhone-Crashing Bug," 10 July 2018 The visitor sent her husband a text message asking him to call the police. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Casselberry police looking for man who raped woman before carjacking," 3 July 2018 Midway through Sunday's NASCAR race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. sent a text message to his longtime friend and manager, Mike Davis. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Dale Jr.'s TV debut was nearly perfect — and proof that retiring was his best option.," 1 July 2018 Panthers co-coach Henry Russell did not immediately return a text message seeking comment. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "After standout year at St. Frances, four-star QB Jalon Jones transfers back to Virginia school," 19 June 2018 Confide allows someone to send a text message that automatically erases after it is read. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Governor’s lawyer argues texts automatically deleted by app aren’t public records," 19 June 2018 Some apps rely on a user’s contacts to avoid marking email, text messages, or phone calls as spam, such as call-blocking apps that can mark incoming calls as from a marketer or as fraud. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Apple Bars Apps from Scraping Address Books and Spamming Contacts," 13 June 2018 Diaz' phone was later seized, and police began reading his text messages without even trying to get a warrant. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How a suspected gang member’s traffic stop led to a crucial privacy case," 8 May 2018 Prosecutors must prove a defendant actually sold drugs or brokered a deal to sell drugs through a verbal agreement, a text message or other interaction, the court said. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Some drug dealers shouldn't get such harsh sentences, Oregon Supreme Court says," 22 Mar. 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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: a short message that is sent electronically to a cell phone or other device

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: a short message that is sent electronically to a cell phone or other device

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