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Definition of text message

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

Examples of text message in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Defending national champion and 2018 Olympic team bronze medalist Bradie Tennell, 23, who hasn’t been able to compete all season due to a foot injury, will not petition to make the Olympic team, her coach Tom Zakrajsek said in a text message. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2022 Launching his campaign on Jan. 6 carried symbolic meaning, Landsman said in a text message to The Enquirer. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2022 Martin also ruled that the school district violated the law by withholding at least one text message that should have been provided in response to an open-records request. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 23 Dec. 2021 No one responds to Jessica’s bait, but someone does seem to be targeting the Yellowjackets: sending them a postcard with the creepy symbol on it, and sending them a text message demanding $50,000. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 Multiple people who know Rick Perry confirmed to CNN that the phone number the committee has associated with that text message is Perry's number. Jake Tapper And Jamie Gangel, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 One of the most poignant tidbits of information is a photoshopped text message from the dictator Joseph Stalin. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2021 Advanced spyware can be delivered without the users knowing or taking any action, often by text message or a chat app, and then can activate the cameras and microphones built into smartphones. Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2021 Other pre-departure discussions should address your communication frequency and which situations will need a phone call vs. a text message. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of text message

1977, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2022

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“Text message.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/text%20message. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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