- a person who carries a message or goes on an errand for another, especially as a matter of duty or business.
- a person employed to convey official dispatches or to go on other official or special errands: a bank messenger.
- a rope or chain made into an endless belt to pull on an anchor cable or to drive machinery from some power source, as a capstan or winch.
- a light line by which a heavier line, as a hawser, can be pulled across a gap between a ship and a pier, a buoy, another ship, etc.
- Oceanography. a brass weight sent down a line to actuate a Nansen bottle or other oceanographic instrument.
- Archaic. a herald, forerunner, or harbinger.
verb (used with object)
- to send by messenger.
- a person who takes messages from one person or group to another or others
- a person who runs errands or is employed to run errands
- a carrier of official dispatches; courier
- a light line used to haul in a heavy rope
- an endless belt of chain, rope, or cable, used on a powered winch to take off power
- archaic a herald
n.c.1200, messager, from Old French messagier “messenger, envoy, ambassador,” from message (see message (n.)). With parasitic -n- inserted by c.1300 for no apparent reason except that people liked to say it that way (cf. passenger, harbinger, scavenger).