from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A message consisting of words that are typed or entered on a keypad and sent electronically to a cell phone, especially from another cell phone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brief electronic message sent between mobile phones.
  • v. To transmit a text message.


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  • But instead, the name that flashed on my incoming text message was DETECTIVE RICHARD COLE.

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  • In 2008 Sir Alex Ferguson fined Cristiano Ronaldo £8,000 for sending a text message during training, while this photograph goes some way towards explaining why the former Vietnam defender, Tran Hai Lam, was fined for this "uncultured deed".

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  • IT’S GOOD FOR PLEASURE A Saturday trip to the car wash and farmer’s market could turn into an early evening date night or pawned-off-theater-ticket moment with a simple text message or tweet.

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  • Later, Mr. Jean read a text message he had received from Haiti's president; then, to spur the crowd's generosity, he performed an impromptu freestyle rap, rhyming "I'm insane" with "drinkin' champagne," as well as his solo from Shakira's song, "Hips Don't Lie."

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  • After bedtime prayers I flopped into bed, still feeling kind of down, till my cell phone chirped with a text message from Manuel: Feliz Navidad!

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  • The illuminated screen revealed a short text message from Danny Bristow:

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