text·​ing | \ ˈtek-stiŋ How to pronounce texting (audio) \

Definition of texting

: the act or activity of sending text messages from one cell phone to another When I moved to Chicago, I used a paper map that folded in your lap to navigate the city. There was no Internet, no e-mail, no texting … . A few people in the late eighties had giant cell phones that lived in tiny suitcases, and I saw some in movies.— Amy Poehler Texting freed a generation from the strictures and inconvenience (and awkwardness) of phone calls, while allowing people to be more loosely and constantly connected.— Jenna Wortham

First Known Use of texting

1999, in the meaning defined above

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“Texting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/texting. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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