[mes-ij] /ˈmɛs ɪdʒ/
a communication containing some information, news, advice, request, or the like, sent by messenger, telephone, email, or other means.
an official communication, as from a chief executive to a legislative body:
the president’s message to Congress.
Digital Technology. a post or reply on an online message board.
the inspired utterance of a prophet or sage.
the point, moral, or meaning of a gesture, utterance, novel, motion picture, etc.
Computers. a warning, permission, etc., communicated by the system or software to the user:
an error message; a message to allow blocked content.
verb (used without object)
to send a message, especially an electronic message.
verb (used with object)
to send (a person) a message.
to send as a message.
get the message, Informal. to understand or comprehend, especially to infer the correct meaning from circumstances, hints, etc.:
If we don’t invite him to the party, maybe he’ll get the message.
a communication, usually brief, from one person or group to another
an implicit meaning or moral, as in a work of art
a formal communiqué
an inspired communication of a prophet or religious leader
a mission; errand
(pl) (Scot) shopping: going for the messages
(informal) get the message, to understand what is meant
(transitive) to send as a message, esp to signal (a plan, etc)
c.1300, “communication transmitted via a messenger,” from Old French message “message, news, tidings, embassy” (11c.), from Medieval Latin missaticum, from Latin missus “a sending away, sending, despatching; a throwing, hurling,” noun use of past participle of mittere “to send” (see mission). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by ærende. Specific religious sense of “divinely inspired communication via a prophet” (1540s) led to transferred sense of “the broad meaning (of something),” first attested 1828. To get the message “understand” is from 1960.
“to send messages,” 1580s, from message (n.). Related: Messaged; messaging.
To send a message on the Internet •The sense ”to send a message” is found by 1583: ” I need to do it,” Baker messaged a man with whom he had been discussing rape, torture, and murder (1990s+ Computer)
In object-oriented programming sending a message to an object (to invoke a method) is equivalent to calling a procedure in traditional programming languages, except that the actual code executed may only be selected at run time depending on the class of the object. Thus, in response to the message “drawSelf”, the method code invoked would be different if the target object were a circle or a square.
see: get the message
noun 1. a website or section of a website that is used for public discussion of a specific topic and on which users can submit or read messages: You should post your questions on a parenting message board and get support from other parents. 2. an online discussion group that is maintained on such a […]
noun 1. an office or other area where incoming and outgoing messages, mail, etc., are received and transmitted, as by telephone, computer, or messenger.
- Message digest 5
messaging The message digest function defined in RFC 1321. (1996-08-04)
- Message digest function
one-way hash function