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Message vs. Idea

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Messagenoun

A communication, or what is communicated; any concept or information conveyed.

‘We've just received an urgent message from the President.’;

Ideanoun

(philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.

Messagenoun

An underlying theme or conclusion to be drawn from something.

‘The main message of the novel is that time heals all wounds.’;

Ideanoun

(obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal.

Messagenoun

An errand.

Ideanoun

(obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic.

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Messageverb

To send a message to; to transmit a message to, e.g. as text via a cell phone.

‘Just message me for directions.’; ‘I messaged her about the concert.’;

Ideanoun

An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory.

‘The mere idea of you is enough to excite me.’;

Messageverb

To send (something) as a message; usually refers to electronic messaging.

‘She messaged me the information yesterday.’; ‘Please message the final report by fax.’;

Ideanoun

More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking.

Messageverb

(intransitive) To send a message or messages; to be capable of sending messages.

‘We've implemented a new messaging service.’; ‘The runaway computer program was messaging non-stop.’;

Ideanoun

A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention.

‘I have an idea of how we might escape.’;

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Messageverb

(obsolete) To bear as a message.

Ideanoun

A purposeful aim or goal; intent

‘If you keep sweet-talking her like that, you're going to talk her right out of her pants.’;

Messagenoun

Any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal, sent from one person to another.

‘Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee.’;

Ideanoun

A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression.

‘He had the wild idea that if he leant forward a little, he might be able to touch the mountain-top.’;

Messagenoun

Hence, specifically, an official communication, not made in person, but delivered by a messenger; as, the President's message.

Ideanoun

(music) A musical theme or melodic subject.

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Messagenoun

A messenger.

Ideanoun

The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.

‘Her sweet idea wandered through his thoughts.’; ‘Being the right idea of your fatherBoth in your form and nobleness of mind.’; ‘This representation or likeness of the object being transmitted from thence [the senses] to the imagination, and lodged there for the view and observation of the pure intellect, is aptly and properly called its idea.’;

Messageverb

To bear as a message.

Ideanoun

A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.

‘Alice had not the slightest idea what latitude was.’;

Messagenoun

a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled;

‘he sent a three-word message’;

Ideanoun

Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.

‘Whatsoever the mind perceives in itself, or as the immediate object of perception, thought, or undersanding, that I call idea.’;

Messagenoun

what a communication that is about something is about

Ideanoun

A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.

‘That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.’; ‘What is now "idea" for us? How infinite the fall of this word, since the time where Milton sang of the Creator contemplating his newly-created world, -"how it showed . . . Answering his great idea," -to its present use, when this person "has an idea that the train has started," and the other "had no idea that the dinner would be so bad!"’;

Messageverb

send a message to;

‘She messaged the committee’;

Ideanoun

A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.

‘I shortly afterwards set off for that capital, with an idea of undertaking while there the translation of the work.’;

Messageverb

send as a message;

‘She messaged the final report by fax’;

Ideanoun

A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.

Messageverb

send a message;

‘There is no messaging service at this company’;

Ideanoun

A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.

‘Thence to behold this new-created world,The addition of his empire, how it showedIn prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,Answering his great idea.’;

Messagenoun

a verbal, written, or recorded communication sent to or left for a recipient who cannot be contacted directly

‘if I'm not there leave a message on the answerphone’;

Ideanoun

the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about;

‘it was not a good idea’; ‘the thought never entered my mind’;

Messagenoun

an email or similar electronic communication

‘select an option to delete your mail messages’;

Ideanoun

a personal view;

‘he has an idea that we don't like him’;

Messagenoun

an electronic communication generated automatically by a computer program and displayed on a screen

‘an error message’;

Ideanoun

an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;

‘an estimate of what it would cost’; ‘a rough idea how long it would take’;

Messagenoun

a communication from a prophet or preacher, believed to be inspired by God

‘Jesus and his followers were promulgating a specifically Judaic message for Judaic adherents’;

Ideanoun

your intention; what you intend to do;

‘he had in mind to see his old teacher’; ‘the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces’;

Messagenoun

a television or radio advertisement

‘we'll be back after these messages’;

Ideanoun

(music) melodic subject of a musical composition;

‘the theme is announced in the first measures’; ‘the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it’;

Messagenoun

a significant political, social, or moral point that is being conveyed by a film, speech, etc.

‘a campaign to get the message about home security across’;

Ideanoun

a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action

‘recently, the idea of linking pay to performance has caught on’; ‘it's a good idea to do some research before you go’;

Messagenoun

an errand

‘he would run those interminable messages after school to the bookie’;

Ideanoun

a mental impression

‘our menu list will give you some idea of how interesting a low-fat diet can be’;

Messagenoun

things bought on an errand; shopping.

Ideanoun

an opinion or belief

‘nineteenth-century ideas about drinking’;

Messageverb

send a message to (someone), especially by email

‘I was messaged by a Californian contact for some information’; ‘the software package incorporates messaging, scheduling, and workflow functions’;

Ideanoun

the aim or purpose

‘I took a job with the idea of getting some money together’;

Message

A message is a discrete unit of communication intended by the source for consumption by some recipient or group of recipients. A message may be delivered by various means, including courier, telegraphy, carrier pigeon and electronic bus.

Ideanoun

(in Platonic thought) an eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class are imperfect copies.

Ideanoun

(in Kantian thought) a concept of pure reason, not empirically based in experience.

Idea

In common usage and in philosophy, ideas are abstract concepts. Also in philosophy, ideas can also be mental representational images of some object.

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