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 In one instance three weeks ago, Spells got a text message from a parent making a collage for her son’s birthday who asked him to share a few words. WIRED, 15 Sep. 2023 As of August, users can only send one text message to another user who does not follow them, the Verge reported. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 In a text message to Curt, DiCamillo sent a link to the story and described it as a birthday gift for him. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 The program previously provided personalized health check-ins via text message and web surveys for those who received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, reaching out once a day for the first week to collect information about how a person feels. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 That text message went out to New Orleans residents on nine consecutive days this year, a record since 2021, according to city authorities. Emily Kask, Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2023 But Herman Andaya, administrator of the Maui Emergency Management Agency, said at a briefing late Wednesday text message and voicemail systems − not sirens − are routinely used for wildfires across Hawaii. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2023 The suit alleged that white task force members received better opportunities for job assignments and overtime work and took part in informal meetings and text message threads that did not include the plaintiffs. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 8 Aug. 2023 Her final communication was a text message to her mother, according to WSB-TV – her family, friends and coworkers have not heard from her since. Christina Coulter, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of text message was in 1977

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“Text message.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/text%20message. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

text message

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