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  • v. Present participle of text.
  • n. the use of a mobile phone to send text messages via SMS


Blend of text and messaging, derived from text messaging (Wiktionary)



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  • Texting is not one of my passions. I prefer e-mailing. I may try blogging or twittering some day.

    June 24, 2009

  • the process of writing a brief message to friends or followers via an electronic means such as a cell phone, netbook, etc.

    June 9, 2009

  • The OED offers a reminder that, in addition to sending SMS messages from one mobile to another, this noun also refers to "the alignment of notes with syllables in notations of vocal music; the relationship of notes and syllables in a vocal performance". A(n) historical usage that I hadn't encountered before.

    An example: The texting of the verse-melisma uses acclamatory wording to reflect the repetitive aspects of the melodic figuration. (R. Crocker & D. Hiley Early Middle Ages to 1300 vii. 246)

    April 6, 2008