from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The transmission of an electronic message over a computer network using software that immediately displays the message in a window on the screen of the recipient.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of realtime communication where two or more people exchange text messages, usually short, using computers or other devices with communications capabilities.
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"Win32/Rimecud is a family of worms that spreads via fixed and removable drives, instant messaging programs, and P2P networks.
I had to beg him to show me what they were working on, including an e-mail component that would allow characters (Eli still wouldn't call them players) to contact each other away from the instant messaging of the game — to allow more backstabbing and double-dealing.