instant messaging

noun Digital Technology.
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
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instant message

Digital Technology.
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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instant message
 
n, —vb
1.  instant-message a message sent using instant-messaging technologyto send an instant message (to)
2.  instant-message a message sent using instant-messaging technologyto send an instant message (to)
 
n, —vb
1.  instant-message a message sent using instant-messaging technologyto send an instant message (to)
2.  instant-message a message sent using instant-messaging technologyto send an instant message (to)

instant messaging
 
n
computing IM the online facility that allows the instant exchange of written messages between two or more people using different computers or mobile phones

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Main Entry:  instant messaging
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a computer application which allows for communications in real time, a live chat and email service
Usage:  computing
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Cultural Dictionary
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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Example sentences
First he pioneered antivirus software, then instant messaging.
Reflection, in a time of instant messaging, seems as quaint as the quill pen
  and the flickering of candles.
Make yourself available to students as much as possible via cellphone, e-mail,
  or even instant messaging.
It's the practice of intimate, full-time communication via phone and instant
  messaging.
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