n. & v.
n. 1 an oral or written communication sent by one person to another. 2 an inspired or significant communication from a prophet, writer, or preacher. 3 a mission or errand. 4 (in pl.) Sc. & N.Engl. things bought; shopping.
v.tr. 1 send as a message. 2 transmit (a plan etc.) by signalling etc. get the message colloq. understand what is meant. message stick Austral. a stick carved with significant marks, carried as identification by Aboriginal messengers.
[ ME f. OF ult. f. L mittere miss- send ]