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  • "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
    "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v message send a message "There is no messaging service at this company"
    • v message send as a message "She messaged the final report by fax"
    • v message send a message to "She messaged the committee"
    • n message a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled "he sent a three-word message"
    • n message what a communication that is about something is about
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Professor Bell Sending the First Message, by Long-distance Telephone, from New York to Chicago Professor Bell Sending the First Message, by Long-distance Telephone, from New York to Chicago
Iris passes on her message Iris passes on her message

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 30% of American admit to talking to their dogs or leaving messages on their answering machines for their dogs while they are away
    • n Message A messenger. "The dear good angel of the Spring,
      The nightingale."
    • Message Any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal, sent from one person to another. "Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee."
    • Message Hence, specifically, an official communication, not made in person, but delivered by a messenger; as, the President's message .
    • v. t Message To bear as a message.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Our nerves system transmits messages at up to 300 ft. per second.
    • n message A communication transmitted; a notice sent; information or opinion or advice communicated through a messenger or other agency: as, a verbal or written message; a telegraphic message.
    • n message In United States politics, an official communication of information, opinion, or advice from a chief executive to a legislative body, or a formal statement of matters requiring legislative consideration or action, sent by the hands of a messenger: as, the President's or governor's message; an annual or a special message (that is, the message regularly presented at the opening of an annual legislative session, or one relating to some special matter subsequently arising).
    • n message A company of messengers; an embassy.
    • n message A messenger.
    • message To deliver in the manner of a messenger; announce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: They call it puppy love: An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33% of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.
    • n Message mes′āj any communication sent from one person to another: an errand: an official communication, of advice, &c., as a President's Message in the United States
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  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.”
  • Frederick Salomon Perls
    Frederick Salomon Perls
    “I believe that any single dream contains the essential message about our existence.”
  • Bill Gothard
    Bill Gothard
    “A message prepared in the mind reaches a mind; a message prepared in a life reaches a life.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People will teach you how to sell them if you'll pay attention to the messages they send you.”
  • Jeff Dewar
    Jeff Dewar
    “Ask yourself, If I had only sixty seconds on the stage, what would I absolutely have to say to get my message across.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. missaticum, fr. L. mittere, missum, to send. See Mission, and cf. Messenger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. missaticum—L. mittĕre, missum, to send.


In literature:

At Venusta's house, just after the morning meal, a slave delivered to her mistress a message.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
The latter checks the accuracy of the message by means of the written message.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The air was full of all sorts of messages.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
In his annual message to Congress in 1822 President Monroe took up the question.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
There the youths hoped for another message from Folsom the conductor, but none came.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
And the message of art is for all, according as they are attuned to the response.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
Not even my mother must suspect that any message has been sent from this house to that gentleman.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
He had a message to deliver to me.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Anyhow, hadn't we ought to work out some kind of a message?
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
But it was plainly a message, and its possible import startled him.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Their Message filled them, and England was conscious of its need of that Message.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Want to leave message?
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
I told you he sent some sort of message.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
Then the Admiral sent a message back that the men were not to climb the rigging.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
This message she delivered without entering into particulars.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He sent a message in by way of a guard, asking Friar Mathieu to meet him in the piazza.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She has sent you a message, Miss Ross; she is so delighted with the flowers.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
He had succeeded brilliantly in getting a message to me.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Where can a message find your master?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
This message failed to allay public criticism, and on January 4, 1904, he sent a special message to Congress in defense of his action.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané

In poetry:

"I have a purpose within me,
As a body has the soul,
But I care not to utter its message
When I understand the whole.
"The Secret Of Nature" by Alexander Anderson
And he gave us all his blessing —
'Twas parting words he said,
For soon we got the message
The dear old man was dead.
"Church Building" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Thus saith the Lord, "Thee have I sent,
A Prophet from the sky,
Wide o'er the nations to proclaim
The message from on high.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
The tender message Hope might send
Sinks fainting at the lips of speech,
For, are you lover—are you friend,
That I would reach?
"At Dusk" by Henry Kendall
"Oh! haste my page," SIR RAYMOND said,
"The captive youth set free,
And bid him to the conqu'rer's feet
This message bear from me.
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
Stay, winged hours, too swift, too sweet,
And waft this message o'er
To all we miss, from all we meet
On life's fast-crumbling shore:
"The Lyre Of Anacreon" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Scott Walker's message has been clear from the day he took office.
The people have spoken, but what message did they send.
He had 120 text messages on his phone.
That is all it takes to both create and send a text message to anywhere in the world.
Watch her deliver a special farewell message from the International Space Station.
Leave Oprah your own message.
COLUMBUS — Gov John Kasich had a clear message for lawmakers Tuesday on his plan to add two excused " calamity days" for this school year: Pass the bill.
Vista Republican Rep Darrell Issa sums up what he says was the message on Election Night.
A Message for the Candidates.
Police Ask Person Who Left Message to Call Back .
Police Ask Person Who Left Message to Call Back.
He said Friday in a Twitter message that 49-year-old Roberto Joglar Rios was a victim of a swell in crime in Puerto Rico.
The president needs a new plan of attack against Romney, and to get his team on message with it.
Here was the message I got a couple of times yesterday, just while trying to set up my account.
The singer fielded a barrage of angry responses before addressing the "hateful attacks" in a longer message to followers.

In science:

The reader should remember that in SP all the messages are ’generalized’ messages.
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
Sender,Receiver,Message),S) ≡ true It is always possible to send messages.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Message(Sender,Receiver,Message) This action accesses the msgbox package putting a tuple in the agent message box.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
This integrity constraint says that an agent cannot both accept and refuse an offer (the o element in the tuple returned by the msgbox:getMessage(Sender) code call means that the message is an output message from Sender to Receiver; the last element of the tuple, T, is the time).
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
The receive action senses the value of the new message(Sender,Message) functional fluent.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Before the final stage of the protocol, it is the message qubits, and not Bob’s qubit, that have had the direct dynamical coupling to the system whose state is to be teleported (reflected in the fact that their descriptors depend on θ) — compare with the classical cyphertext, which is generated from the message.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
A message M is to be transmitted to a decoder; M is uniformly distributed over the message set M.
Capacity and Random-Coding Exponents for Channel Coding with Side Information
That is, for every message in the real network, there is a message in the simulator.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
We have been conservative, no theoretical result is taken for granted and the randomized algorithm is just simulated message by message.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Message passing techniques rely on conditional probabilistic messages passed from the immediate neighbourhood to find the most probable assignment of states to variables given the constraints.
Colouring random graphs and maximising local diversity
However the messages do not necessarily occur with equal probability, unlike messages in classical channel codes.
Sensing Capacity for Markov Random Fields
Zero temperature message passing and leaf removal The zero temperature limit of the cavity fields update (32) can be seen as a message passing (warning propagation) algorithm.
The number of matchings in random graphs
This message passing procedure starting from all the h = 0 is equivalent to the step (1) of the Karp and Sipser’s leaf removal procedure in the following sense: Run the message passing until you find a fixed point.
The number of matchings in random graphs
Let us start with a parallel update scheme, where, in every iteration step, all messages are recalculated simultaneously from the old messages.
Message passing for vertex covers
N ) which, within 1000 sequential WP updates of all 2M messages, are converged on more than 99% of all messages.
Message passing for vertex covers