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Texting has added a new dimension to language use, but its long-term impact is negligible. It is not a disaster.
David Crystal

Meaning of "texting" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF TEXTING

texting  [ˈtɛkstɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TEXTING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Texting is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES TEXTING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

texting

Text messaging

Text messaging, or texting, is the act of composing and sending a brief, electronic message between two or more mobile phones, or fixed or portable devices over a phone network. The term originally referred to messages sent using the Short Message Service. It has grown to include messages containing image, video, and sound content. The sender of a text message is known as a texter, while the service itself has different colloquialisms depending on the region. It may simply be referred to as a text in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, an SMS in most of mainland Europe, and a TMS or SMS in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Text messages can be used to interact with automated systems to, for example, order products or services, or participate in contests. Advertisers and service providers use direct text marketing to message mobile phone users about promotions, payment due dates, etcetera instead of using mail, e-mail or voicemail.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH TEXTING


broadcasting
ˈbrɔːdkɑːstɪŋ
casting
ˈkɑːstɪŋ
contrasting
kənˈtræstɪŋ
costing
ˈkɒstɪŋ
disgusting
dɪsˈɡʌstɪŋ
everlasting
ˌɛvəˈlɑːstɪŋ
existing
ɪɡˈzɪstɪŋ
frosting
ˈfrɒstɪŋ
harvesting
ˈhɑːvɪstɪŋ
interesting
ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ
lasting
ˈlɑːstɪŋ
listing
ˈlɪstɪŋ
long-lasting
ˌlɒŋˈlɑːstɪŋ
posting
ˈpəʊstɪŋ
pretexting
ˈpriːtɛkstɪŋ
resting
ˈrɛstɪŋ
sting
stɪŋ
tasting
ˈteɪstɪŋ
testing
ˈtestɪŋ
wasting
ˈweɪstɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TEXTING

text file
text message
text messaging
text neck
text processing
textbook
textbookish
texter
textile
textiles
textism
textless
textonym
textorial
textphone
textual
textual critic
textual criticism
textualism
textualist

WORDS THAT END LIKE TEXTING

accounting
acting
computing
connecting
consulting
cutting
dating
eating
exciting
fighting
heating
hunting
lighting
marketing
meeting
operating
painting
printing
putting
rating

Synonyms and antonyms of texting in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «texting» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TEXTING

Find out the translation of texting to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of texting from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «texting» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

发短信
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

los mensajes de texto
570 millions of speakers

English

texting
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

texting
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الرسائل النصية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

текстовые
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mensagens de texto
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

sms করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

SMS
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Menghantar mesej
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

SMS
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

テキストメッセージ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

문자 메시지
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tulisan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhắn tin
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

குறுஞ்செய்தி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मजकूर पाठवणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mesajlaşmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sms
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

SMS-y
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

текстові
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

texting
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γραπτών μηνυμάτων
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

SMS
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

textning
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

texting
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of texting

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TEXTING»

The term «texting» is very widely used and occupies the 16.203 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TEXTING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about texting

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10 QUOTES WITH «TEXTING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word texting.
1
Aziz Ansari
Most single people I know, myself included, have a difficult time even meeting up with the people they like, be it busy schedules, texting games, or whatever.
2
Dale Archer
Anything that you can become obsessed with, and you do so much that you don't do the things you need to do with family, friends, school, job - that can be an addiction. And texting absolutely can qualify.
3
Simon Callow
Many actors have protested about mobile phones going off in theatres, but the real menace now is people texting during a show. It may only disturb a few people around them, but for me, as an actor, when I spot them answering their emails, I am outraged.
4
Nick Cave
Texting is apocalyptic on some level. It's a reduction of things.
5
Chelsea Clinton
Millennials regularly draw ire for their cell phone usage. They're mobile natives, having come of age when landlines were well on their way out and payphones had gone the way of dinosaurs. Because of their native fluency, Millennials recognize mobile phones can do a whole lot more than make calls, enable texting between friends or tweeting.
6
Jarvis Cocker
Also, because people like to multitask, in a way if you've got a bit of music on in the background and the lyrical content is making you want to listen to it, then that would probably put you off the texting you wanted to do. I think people like things that just make that right kind of noise, but leave your brain free to do something else.
7
Misha Collins
A lot of times I think the cast members, the lead characters in a show really set the tone for the show. On some shows, the stars of the show will just be whining and complaining and spending the whole time texting their boyfriends on their Blackberries, and there's just no attention given to the work.
8
David Crystal
Texting has added a new dimension to language use, but its long-term impact is negligible. It is not a disaster.
9
David Crystal
Likewise, there is no evidence that texting teaches people to spell badly: rather, research shows that those kids who text frequently are more likely to be the most literate and the best spellers, because you have to know how to manipulate language.
10
Tyne Daly
I don't take part in texting and those other things myself, so I don't really know if people put as much thought into messaging as they used to into writing letters.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TEXTING»

Discover the use of texting in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to texting and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, ...
This definitive work on the perils and promise of the social- media revolution collects writings by today's best thinkers and cultural commentators, with an all-new introduction by Bauerlein.
Mark Bauerlein, 2011
2
Textionary: The Texting Dictionary
"Textionary is [a] compilation of popular texting acronyms, jargon and abbreviations as well as original terms."--T.p. verso.
CL Hogan, 2010
3
Read Between the Lines: A Humorous Guide to Texting With ...
This volume is a guide for anyone who wants to utilize instant communication through text messaging.
Shawn Marie Edgington, 2009
4
The Parent's Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media: ...
The parent's guide provides awareness, solutions, and preventative resources to keep your children safe and secure online--P. [4] of cover.
Shawn Marie Edgington, 2011
5
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8
This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society.
David Crystal, 2008
6
The Dangers of Texting and Driving: Sour Apple
Sour Apple is a distracted driver. She has an accident as a result of texting while driving. This book will show you the reality of what can happen and has happened when you do not focus when you are behind the wheel.
Esmeralda Noyola, 2012
7
Texting Mitts
When it's cold outside, you need texting mitts!
Leisure Arts, Andee Graves, 2012
8
U Cn Spl Btr: Spelling Tips For Life Beyond Texting
Describes how to identify spelling errors and improve spelling skills using features such as lists of commonly misspelled or misused words and crossword puzzles.
Dr. Laurie Rozakis, 2009
9
'tmsg': Text Messaging Survival Guide
Ever wanted to learn text messaging to decipher what your kids are texting or learn text messaging so you can send a quick message? This book will show you how!
Evie Shoeman, Jack Shoeman, 2007
10
Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World
While there aren't previous reports on sentence punctuation in texting or IM, our study indicates that usage is hardly scattershot. Students often omitted message- final marks (especially periods), but their overall punctuation choices tended to ...
Naomi Baron, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TEXTING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term texting is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Yahoo unveils new live video and texting app
Yahoo unveiled a live video texting app Wednesday that could boost the company's mobile presence and help it compete against Apple and Facebook. «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
2
Actress Patti LuPone grabs phone out of the hands of a texting
Tony and Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone reportedly grabbed a smartphone out of the hands of a woman who was texting during LuPone's performance of ... «Ars Technica, Jul 15»
3
University in Utah Installs 'Texting Lane' on Stairs
The changes to the stairs were designed by the school's marketing department to appeal to the student population that Grubbs said is “constantly texting.”. «ABC News, Jun 15»
4
Alabama State Troopers to begin crackdown on texting and driving
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Drivers listen up. On Friday, Alabama State Troopers are launching a crack down on texting and driving. The campaign runs from ... «Alabama's News Leader, Apr 15»
5
Police cracking down on texting while driving
Police have been getting sneaky about how they look for texting drivers. “Well, we do use spotters, separate from the units that will be making the stops to locate ... «WTNH, Apr 15»
6
Browns GM Ray Farmer suspended 4 games for texting
Farmer acknowledged at the NFL Scouting Combine in February that he texted team personnel on the sideline from the press box last season. Farmer said after ... «NFL.com, Mar 15»
7
House Panel Endorses Texting-While-Driving Ban
A bill that would create a statewide ban on texting while driving passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday when lawmakers voted it out of the House ... «Texas Tribune, Mar 15»
8
Bruce Jenner wasn't texting during fatal crash, says publicist
Bruce Jenner was not texting while driving when he got into a chain-reaction crash in Malibu that left a woman dead, and he will provide cellphone records if ... «Page Six, Feb 15»
9
Texting And Driving Is An Even Bigger Problem Than We Realized
Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text ... «Business Insider, Nov 14»
10
4 in 10 Teens Admit Texting While Driving
Though they aren't smoking cigarettes in high rates, or regularly driving drunk, about 41% of America's driving teens reported that they had texted or emailed ... «TIME, Jun 14»

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