text messaging


: the sending of short text messages electronically especially from one cell phone to another

Examples of text messaging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Congressional Leadership Fund spent $50,000 on digital ads to support Theriault and a group called Pole Position PAC spent $75,000 on direct mail and text messaging. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 11 June 2024 That includes seeking the new rules allowing super PACs and candidates to coordinate canvassing, allowing federal officials to raise unlimited sums for ballot measures and loosening rules on text messaging. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, 10 June 2024 Everyone must also be in an RCS chat, not plain old text messaging. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 30 May 2024 Investigators found Westfall befriended several female inmates and used the jail’s text messaging system and phone calls to communicate with the women, according to a criminal citation. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for text messaging 

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of text messaging was in 1982

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“Text messaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/text%20messaging. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

text messaging

text mes·​sag·​ing
: the sending of text messages electronically especially from one cell phone to another

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