Message


Message

A message in its most general meaning is an object of communication. It is a vessel which provides information. Yet, it can also be this information. Therefore, its meaning is dependent upon the context in which it is used; the term may apply to both the information and its form. A communiqué (pronounced /kəˈmjuːnɨk/) is a brief report or statement released by a public agency.

In communications science

More precisely, in communications science, a message is information which is sent from a source to a receiver. Some common definitions include:

In communication between humans, messages can be verbal or nonverbal:

  • A verbal message is an exchange of information using words. Examples include face-to-face communication, telephone calls, voicemails, etc.
  • A nonverbal message is communicated through actions or behaviors rather than words. Examples include the use of body language and the actions made by an individual idea.

In computer science

There are two main senses of the word "message" in computer science: messages passed within software, which may or may not be human-readable, and human-readable messages delivered via computer software for person-to-person communication.

  • Message passing is a form of communication used in concurrent and parallel computing, object-oriented programming, and interprocess communication, where communication is made by sending messages to recipients. In a related use of this sense of a message, in object-oriented programming languages such as Smalltalk or Java, a message is sent to an object, specifying a request for action.
  • Instant messaging and e-mail are examples of computer software designed for delivering human-readable messages in formatted or unformatted text, from one person to another.

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  • message — [ mesaʒ ] n. m. • fin XIe; « envoyé » jusqu au XVe; de l a. fr. mes, lat. missus, p. p. de mittere « envoyer » 1 ♦ Charge de dire, de transmettre qqch. ⇒ ambassade, commission. S acquitter d un message. Ambassadeur chargé d un message. « un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • message — Ⅰ. message UK US /ˈmesɪdʒ/ noun [C] ► COMMUNICATIONS a short piece of information that you give or send to a person when you cannot speak to them directly: message from sb for sb »There was a message for you from the catering company. message… …   Financial and business terms

  • Message-ID — is a unique identifier for a digital message, most commonly a globally unique identifier used in email and Usenet newsgroups.[1] Message IDs are required to have the same format as an email address[2] (though Microsoft Outlook is known to… …   Wikipedia

  • MESSAGE — Album par Aya Ueto Sortie 3 mars 2004 Durée 59:47 Genre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • message — ► NOUN 1) a verbal or written communication. 2) a significant point or central theme. ► VERB ▪ send a message to, especially by email. ● get the message Cf. ↑get the message ● on …   English terms dictionary

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  • message — MESSAGE. s. m. Charge, commission de dire quelque chose. Vous vous estes chargé d un mauvais, d un fascheux message. voulez vous mander quelque chose? je feray vostre message. je feray mon message moy mesme. c est luy qui portoit les messages. il …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • message — [mes′ij] n. [OFr < ML missaticum < pp. of L mittere, to send: see MISSION] 1. a communication passed or sent by speech, in writing, by signals, etc. 2. a formal, official communication [the President s message to Congress] 3. a) an inspired …   English World dictionary

  • Message — Mes sage (?; 48), n. [F., fr. LL. missaticum, fr. L. mittere, missum, to send. See {Mission}, and cf. {Messenger}.] 1. Any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal, sent from one person to another. [1913 Webster] Ehud said, I have a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Message — (engl. „Mitteilung“, „Nachricht“) steht für: Nachricht, eine Mitteilung von einem Sender an einen Empfänger Subtext, eine verborgene zusätzliche Bedeutungsebene von Literatur und Filmen Message (Band), eine deutsche Rockband message steht für:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Message — Mes sage, n. [OE., fr. OF. message, fr. LL. missaticus. See 1st {Message}.] A messenger. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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