texting

noun

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

Examples of texting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group notes that exactly how Apple intends to encrypt RCS texting remains unclear. Bobby Allyn, NPR, 28 Mar. 2024 One guest was on her phone nearly the whole time — texting and even watching live videos that her friends posted while others were trying to have a conversation. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 After all, isn’t much of this online time spent interacting with friends through texting, social media, and multiplayer video games? Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2024 Rescuers were able to establish communication with two of the men through a GPS texting device, and started a search near their last known location. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2024 Apple invested $450 million in satellite communications firm Globalstar to bring emergency SOS texting to its latest iPhones. San Diego Union Tribune, Orange County Register, 16 Feb. 2024 Phone calls have been replaced by texting, but texts lack the warmth and immediacy of verbal communication that former generations enjoyed. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 Security video published by The Oklahoman showed Soderstrom texting or messaging for minutes at a time during jury selection, opening statements and testimony during the trial in Chandler, about 45 miles outside of Oklahoma City. CBS News, 9 Feb. 2024 The study found that 48% of respondents have had a relationship negatively impacted because of slow texting, and this extends across social and professional relationships. Detroit Free Press, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of texting was in 1999

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“Texting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/texting. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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