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Definition of text message

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

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Boochani tapped his book out in text messages to his friend Omid Tofighian, who translated the book from Persian. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Behrouz Boochani Is One of Australia’s Most Celebrated Writers, But He Can’t Step Onshore," 11 Sep. 2019 Later, in astonishingly profane and angry text messages, Brown bragged about the incident to her. Conor Orr, SI.com, "What We Know About the Sexual Assault Accusations Against Antonio Brown," 10 Sep. 2019 Brown bragged about the incident in profane text messages that are copied in the lawsuit. Ben Shpigel, SFChronicle.com, "Report: Antonio Brown accused of rape, sexual assault in Florida," 10 Sep. 2019 Brown allegedly gloated over the incidents in text messages that were included in the suit. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Patriots Wide Receiver Antonio Brown Accused of Raping His Former Trainer," 10 Sep. 2019 Passenger cars and even emergency service vehicles had been trapped by the floods, according to photos and videos shared by text message from residents on the island. New York Times, "‘A Disastrous Outcome’: In Bahamas, Hurricane Cripples Rescue Efforts," 3 Sep. 2019 Rodriguez asked Gaskin about Elmore in the March text messages. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "New London teacher knew of coach’s sexual relationships with students, court documents say," 22 Aug. 2019 In one of the text messages, Mr Velázquez asks Mr Ferreira how negotiations for the sale are going. The Economist, "A secret hydropower deal with Brazil causes a political crisis in Paraguay," 22 Aug. 2019 Chris Vasquez first heard about the El Paso shooting when his phone started pinging with dozens of text messages from friends telling him the suspect had been a student at Collin College. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "How the El Paso massacre hit home for this Collin College student," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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