text messaging


Definition of text messaging 

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

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The heartbreak of autocorrect The OIG inspection requested text messages between members of the Midyear Exam investigation team and found that the FBI retained only five days of messages on its text messaging platform: Microsoft Lync. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "DOJ OIG on Comey, Clinton email investigation: OMG LOL," 14 June 2018 In the months during Quinn’s inappropriate text messaging, Hampton primarily worked on three House races. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, "Madigan aide ousted in sexual harassment texting scandal responds to woman who made the accusations," 14 June 2018 Probably since the invention of telephones or text messaging, people have hit the wrong number, often causing no harm except for the creation of a little confusion. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Marijuana message goes to police, gets alleged sender into a jam," 3 July 2018 Anonymous tips can be submitted to the MPD's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, ""John Doe" DNA-based indictment in hotel rapist case a first for D.C.," 19 June 2018 The announcement was made with no advance warning, something that won’t happen very often in this age of instant tweets and ubiquitous text messaging. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: Another downside to all this Orioles losing is how it feeds the rumor mill," 18 June 2018 The tip indicated Matheson sent videos and pictures of the fire to friend Brandon Allen Dees via Instagram, Snapchat or text messaging. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: 5 men got drunk, set home on fire, posted it on social media," 30 May 2018 Thanks to FaceTime, Skype, and text messaging, relay agents are no longer part of our lives. Lauren Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Before video chat, calling my deaf parents meant talking through a stranger," 18 May 2018 Changes like that put parents in a new bind, since a Pew Research Center survey found that text messaging is the most common way to keep in touch with kids. Fortune, "How Smartphones and Social Media Can Steal Childhood," 8 May 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of text messaging was in 1982

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text messaging

text mes·sag·ing | \-ˈme-si-jiŋ\

Kids Definition of text messaging

: the sending of messages electronically usually from one cell phone to another

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