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ˈmɛs ən dʒərmes·sen·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. messenger, couriernoun

    a person who carries a message


  1. messengernoun

    One who brings messages.

  2. messengernoun

    A light line with which a heavier line may be hauled e.g. from the deck of a ship to the pier.

  3. messengernoun

    The supporting member of an aerial cable (electric power or telephone or data).

  4. messengerverb

    To send something by messenger.

    I'll messenger over the signed documents.

  5. Etymology: From messagier (French: messager), from message.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Messengernoun

    One who carries an errand; one who comes from another to a third; one who brings an account or foretoken of any thing; an harbinger; a forerunner.

    Etymology: messager, French.

    Came running in, much like a man dismaid,
    A messenger with letters, which his message said. Fa. Qu.

    Yon grey lines,
    That fret the clouds, are messengers of day. William Shakespeare.

    Run after that same peevish messenger,
    The duke’s man. William Shakespeare.

    The earl dispatched messengers one after another to the king, with an account of what he heard and believed he saw, and yet thought not fit to stay for an answer. Edward Hyde.

    Joy touch’d the messenger of heav’n; he stay’d
    Entranc’d, and all the blissful haunt survey’d. Alexander Pope.



    MESSENGER was a NASA robotic space probe that orbited the planet Mercury between 2011 and 2015, studying Mercury's chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field. The name is a backronym for "Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging", and a reference to the messenger god Mercury from Roman mythology. MESSENGER was launched aboard a Delta II rocket in August 2004. Its path involved a complex series of flybys – the spacecraft flew by Earth once, Venus twice, and Mercury itself three times, allowing it to decelerate relative to Mercury using minimal fuel. During its first flyby of Mercury in January 2008, MESSENGER became the second mission, after Mariner 10 in 1975, to reach Mercury.MESSENGER entered orbit around Mercury on March 18, 2011, becoming the first spacecraft to do so. It successfully completed its primary mission in 2012. Following two mission extensions, the spacecraft used the last of its maneuvering propellant to deorbit, impacting the surface of Mercury on April 30, 2015.


  1. messenger

    A messenger is a person or means by which information or goods is transmitted or delivered from one place or person to another. This term can also refer to molecules, such as messenger RNA in biology, that serve to convey genetic information within a cell for creating proteins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Messengernoun

    one who bears a message; the bearer of a verbal or written communication, notice, or invitation, from one person to another, or to a public body; specifically, an office servant who bears messages

  2. Messengernoun

    one who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells

  3. Messengernoun

    a hawser passed round the capstan, and having its two ends lashed together to form an endless rope or chain; -- formerly used for heaving in the cable

  4. Messengernoun

    a person appointed to perform certain ministerial duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take charge og the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent



    MESSENGER is a robotic NASA spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury, the first spacecraft ever to do so. The 485-kilogram spacecraft was launched aboard a Delta II rocket in August 2004 to study Mercury's chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field. It became the second mission after 1975's Mariner 10 to reach Mercury successfully when it made a flyby in January 2008, followed by a second flyby in October 2008, and a third flyby in September 2009. The instruments carried by MESSENGER were tested on a complex series of flybys – the spacecraft flew by Earth once, Venus twice, and Mercury itself three times, allowing it to decelerate relative to Mercury using minimal fuel. MESSENGER successfully entered Mercury's orbit on March 18, 2011, and reactivated its science instruments on March 24, returning the first photo from Mercury orbit on March 29. MESSENGER's formal data collection mission began on April 4, 2011. On March 17, 2012, having collected close to 100,000 images, MESSENGER ended its one-year primary mission and entered an extended mission scheduled to last until March 2013.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. messenger

    A large cable-laid rope, used to unmoor or heave up the anchor of a ship, by the aid of the capstan. This is done by binding a part of the messenger to the cable by which the ship rides, in several places, with pliant nippers, and by winding another part of it about the capstan. The messenger has an eye-splice at each end, through which several turns of a strong lashing are passed, forming an endless rope. So that by putting on fresh nippers forward, and taking them off as they are hove aft, the capstan may be kept constantly going, and the cable is walked in without stopping. (See VIOL.) A superior plan is now adopted, in which the messenger, consisting of a pitch chain which has a double and single link alternately, works in iron spurs fastened above the lower rim of the capstan. This avoids the trouble of shifting or fleeting the messenger while heaving in. Again, the cable itself is commonly brought to the capstan.--Light forward the messenger! is the order to pull the slack of it towards the hawse holes, on the slack or opposite side, so as to be ready to fasten upon the cable which is being hove in, as it comes off the manger-roller at the bows.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Messenger is ranked #5752 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Messenger surname appeared 6,022 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Messenger.

    93.3% or 5,620 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 159 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 110 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 84 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 33 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of messenger in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of messenger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of messenger in a Sentence

  1. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly:

    This is exactly what we want our commanding officers and medical professionals to do, were not looking to shoot the messenger.

  2. Michael Gilday:

    We're not looking to shoot the messenger here, we want to get this right.

  3. Arlen Specter:

    My father told me that Trump was acting as a messenger for Kraft, but I'm equally sure the reference to money in Palm Beach was campaign contributions, not cash. The offer was Kraft assistance with campaign contributions. ... My father said it was Kraft's offer, not someone else's.

  4. Sean Solomon:

    The MESSENGER spacecraft has survived the severe thermal and radiation hazards of the inner solar system, including strong heating by Mercury's dayside surface and direct impact by coronal mass ejections and other energetic solar events, even though we know that the probe's days are numbered, MESSENGER has been a reliable source of exciting new information, and its loss will sadden all of us who have followed its successes.

  5. Timothy McVeigh:

    I determined that the best way would be to continue on as the Paul Revere type messenger instead of the John Brown type revolutionary, that you could accomplish maybe two in one.

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