1) General: A piece of information (written, spoken, or by signals).
2) Computer science: A defined amount of information, coded or not,
between machines or machines and men. → information theory.
M.E., from O.Fr. message "message, news, embassy," from
M.L. missaticum, from L. missus "a sending away, dispatching,"
from mittere "to send," → mission.
Payâm, variants payqâm, peyqâm, Mid.Pers. paygâm,
ultimately from *patigam-, literally "arriving, newcomer," from *pati-
"to, toward, at, in," → ad hoc, + *gam- "to come,"