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Definition of text message

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

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The report included intimate text messages that Bezos had sent to Sanchez. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos Have Finalized Their Divorce," 4 Apr. 2019 The recording—made public by a parliamentary committee along with additional text messages and written testimony—is destined to keep at the forefront a political scandal that is weighing heavily on the incumbent Liberal government. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Recording Shows Trudeau Aide Was Warned About Risks of Interfering in Case," 29 Mar. 2019 For four years the pair communicated via text messages before meeting in person, the woman told police. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Town Council Member, 42, Allegedly Had Sex with Teen Girl After Posing as 17-Year-Old Online," 10 July 2018 Van Riemsdyk did not respond to a text message, but the deal is reportedly for five years and will have an annual $7 million cap hit. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "James van Riemsdyk, Flyers will reportedly reunite as NHL free agency opens," 30 June 2018 An appeals court ruling in 2017 said the text messages should have been allowed and ordered a new trial. Jim Vertuno, Houston Chronicle, "Texas court reinstates ex-Baylor player Sam Ukwuachu's sex assault conviction," 6 June 2018 Meanwhile, the text messages resumed, almost immediately after Farley's trip to Lansing. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Michigan prison agency needs to step up against sex harassment," 23 Apr. 2018 But the defense couldn’t overcome some of the government’s most damning evidence: Mr. Guzmán’s intercepted phone calls and text messages that showed associates taking drug-trafficking, bribery and assassination orders from him. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019 The leaky database belonged to Voxox, a service that claims to process billions of calls and text messages monthly. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Database leak exposes millions of two-factor codes and reset links sent by SMS," 16 Nov. 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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