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instant messaging

noun, Digital Technology
1.
a system for exchanging typed electronic messages instantly via the Internet or a cellular network, using a shared software application on a personal computer or mobile device.
Abbreviation: IM.

instant message

noun
1.
an electronic message sent in real time via the Internet and therefore immediately available for display on the recipient's screen.
Compare text message.
verb (used without object)
2.
to send such an electronic message.
Abbreviation: IM.
Compare text (def 16).
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British Dictionary definitions for instant mess aging

instant message

noun
1.
a message sent using instant-messaging technology
verb
2.
to send an instant message (to)

instant messaging

noun
1.
(computing) the online facility that allows the instant exchange of written messages between two or more people using different computers or mobile phones Abbreviation IM
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Contemporary definitions for instant mess aging
noun

a computer application which allows for communications in real time, a live chat and email service

Usage Note

computing

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instant mess aging in Culture
instant messaging (IM)

A computer communications program that allows people to send and receive typed messages very rapidly. It is often used for online “chats.”

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