Dispatch Dis*patch", n. [Cf. OF. despeche, F. d['e]p[^e]che. See {Dispatch}, v. t.] [Written also {despatch}.] 1. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business. [1913 Webster]

2. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance. [1913 Webster]

To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved comforts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of business; prompt execution; diligence; haste. [1913 Webster]

Serious business, craving quick dispatch. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To carry his scythe . . . with a sufficient dispatch through a sufficient space. --Paley. [1913 Webster]

4. A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an important official letter sent from one public officer to another; -- often used in the plural; as, a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval or military dispatches. [1913 Webster]

5. A message transmitted by telegraph. [Modern] [1913 Webster]

{Dispatch boat}, a swift vessel for conveying dispatches; an advice boat.

{Dispatch box}, a box for carrying dispatches; a box for papers and other conveniences when traveling.

Syn: Haste; hurry; promptness; celerity; speed. See {Haste}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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