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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 iMessage system is how Apple devices send text messages between each other. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Why Your iMessage Is Misbehaving and How to Fix It," 8 Nov. 2018 He had already been criticized for sending text messages critical of President Trump during the campaign. Alex Pena, CBS News, "Peter Strzok agrees to testify before Congress next week," 6 July 2018 Froehlich sent Sylvia text messages over the next two weeks explaining the dogs' medical needs and begging her to pay the bills. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona U-Haul billionaire dumps 7 sick rottweilers on dog rescue in Gilbert," 26 June 2018 City officials had noted Monday that there would a card-swiping system in place that would send text messages to parents when their children board and exit a bus, as well as arrive and leave the after-school program. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Security issues key in discussion of school bus loop plan," 12 June 2018 Clarke was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to an employee. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Councilman Accused Of Sexual Harassment Misses Training, Says He Will Attend Later Session," 15 May 2018 Ford said the completion rate has risen to 33% since the latest report was filed on July 30, and the company is reaching out to customers via phone calls, text messages and emails. Andrea Fuller And, WSJ, "Car Makers’ Struggles With Recalls Leave More Risky Vehicles on the Road," 1 Nov. 2018 But at least that message will be glanceable on your wrist, as will news headlines, text messages, and other alerts as well. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018 Don’t read their text messages or snoop behind their back. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "How To Be a Good Girlfriend," 24 July 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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