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mes·sage / ˈmesij/ • n. 1. a verbal, written, or recorded communication sent to or left for a recipient who cannot be contacted directly: if I'm not there, leave a message on the voice mail. ∎  an official or formal communication, esp. a speech delivered by a head of state to a legislative assembly or the public: the president's message to Congress. ∎  an item of electronic mail. ∎  an electronic communication generated automatically by a computer program and displayed on a VDT: an error message. ∎  a significant point or central theme, esp. one that has political, social, or moral importance: a campaign to get the message about home security across. ∎  a divinely inspired communication from a prophet or preacher. ∎  a television or radio commercial: we will return after these messages. 2. chiefly Brit. an errand: all she did was make the tea and run messages. PHRASES: get the message inf. infer an implication from a remark or action. send a message make a significant statement, either implicitly or by one's actions: the elections sent a message to political quarters that the party was riding a wave of popularity. ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin missus, past participle of mittere ‘send.’

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1. The unit of information transferred by a message switching system. Messages may be of any length, from a few bits to a complete file, and no part of a message is released to its final recipient until all of the message has been received at the network node adjacent to the destination.

2. Another name (deprecated) for packet. The distinction between packet and message is valuable, since it refers to whether or not a partial transmission of a complete document can occur; a packet switching system may allow this whereas a message switching system may not.

3. See Shannon's model (of a communication system).

4. A specially formatted document sent in an electronic mail system.

5. See object, object-oriented programming.

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message XIII — (O)F.:- Rom. *missāticum, f. miss-; see prec. and -AGE.
So messenger XIII. ME. messager (later messanger) — (O)F. messager, f. message.

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