• A Messenger came to Benedict Arnold
    A Messenger came to Benedict Arnold
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n messenger a person who carries a message
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Reindeer Messengers of Rescue Reindeer Messengers of Rescue

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Messenger (Naut) 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.
    • Messenger (Law) A person appointed to perform certain ministerial duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take charge of the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent.
    • Messenger 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.
    • Messenger One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells. "Yon gray lines
      That fret the clouds are messengers of day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n messenger One who bears a message or goes on an errand; the bearer of a verbal or written communication, notice, or invitation; in the civil service, one employed in conveying official despatches.
    • n messenger One who or that which foreruns; a harbinger; a precursor: a forerunner.
    • n messenger A light scudding cloud regarded as the precursor of a storm or gale of wind.
    • n messenger Nautical, an endless rope or chain turned around the capstan, formerly used to unmoor or heave up a ship's anchors, by transmitting the power of the capstan to the cable. The messenger is gripped to the cable by means of nippers, which are shifted from the capstan to the hawse-hole as the cable is hauled in.
    • n messenger In law, a person appointed to perform certain ministerial duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take temporary charge of the assets, and to perform some other duties in reference to the proceedings.
    • n messenger A piece of stiff paper, or the like, set upon the end of a kite-string held in the hand, to be blown up the string to the kite
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Messenger the bearer of a message: a forerunner: a light scudding cloud preceding a storm: a piece of paper, &c., blown up the string to the kite: the secretary-bird: a rope or chain by which cables were formerly connected to the capstan when heaving up the anchor:
    • n Messenger (Scots law) an officer who executes the summonses of the Court of Session, called a Mess′enger-at-arms
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  • Sophocles
    “None loves the messenger who brings bad news.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.”
  • Sophocles
    “I well believe it, to unwilling ears;None love the messenger who brings bad news.”


Don't shoot the messenger - This phrase can be used when breaking some bad news to someone and you don't want to be blamed for the news. ('Don't kill the messenger' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. messager, OF. messagier, F. messager,. See Message
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. missaticum—L. mittĕre, missum, to send.


In literature:

And with this answer y^e messengers returned, and signified what diligence had bene used, and to what issue things were come.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
The messengers who bore them had other pretexts for their journey, and they had various other articles to carry.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
No camp was so secret, no village so remote, that the messengers of war did not find it out.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
For a long weary while I have been waiting for such a messenger as you.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
It was a messenger from Government Offices.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Soon after he was exiled from Rome he sent messengers there for his goods.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The messenger who brought William the tidings of Harold's accession to the throne was a man named Tostig, Harold's brother.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
Also, the cable is brought-to when fastened to the messenger by nippers.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Every evening at five o'clock a hard-faced messenger had called and received a bulky envelope containing Poltavo's translations.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
The rest of the messengers also returned, one by one, and none had discovered the least trace of him.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Is a royal messenger coming?
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Well, what if we accept Ned's theory here and go with this messenger?
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Bar Shalmon met the messenger one night when walking alone in his garden.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
Very soon, however, a second messenger came to the king to say that Prince Henry had died.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
He kept on sending daily messengers with more threats.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
The messenger's appearance rather surprised me, but I was too full of Raoul to pay much attention to his servant.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Cambyses, observing this, sent a messenger to Psammenitus to inquire what it meant.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
I have already sent a messenger to him, an hour since, so soon as the dame had gone.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Half-way the travellers were met by a messenger bearing the Queen's answer, which bade them welcome to her court.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
A king's messenger should not be kept waiting so!
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn

In poetry:

Oh: how the branches wave and stir!
Oh! how the sere leaves fall!
Cease! cease! most mournful messenger,
Thus time dissevers all.
"The Trees" by Ernest Jones
Come, as thou cam'st a thousand times,
A messenger from radiant climes,
And smile on thy new world, and be
As kind to others as to me!
"Longing" by Matthew Arnold
And then he seem'd like one who kept
A vigil with suspended breath—
So kindly to his breast had crept
Some gentlest messenger of death.
"Forty Years After" by John Marchborn Cooley
Stranger was I to her
Save as Christ's messenger;
And for His sake
She, all her little store
Wishing it were but more,—
Bade me to take.
"The Missionary's Story" by Mary Eliza Ireland
Ye swift-wing'd messengers, farewell,
And all the pleasures that ye gave;
Sweet earnest of unfading joys
That wait my soul beyond the grave.
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
Sayes, "You shall ryde yourselfe, brother,
He beare you companee;
Many throughe fals messengers are deceived,
And I feare lest soe shold wee."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British

In news:

A Taliban suicide bomber posing as a peace messenger wounded Afghanistan's intelligence chief in Kabul on Thursday, another sign that the government is struggling to improve security ahead of a NATO pullout in 2014.
A Taliban suicide bomber posing as a messenger of peace blew himself up near Afghanistan's newly appointed intelligence chief on Thursday, seriously wounding him, officials said.
Indeed, Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, possesses a lot of ice -- 100 billion to 1 trillion tons -- scientists working with NASA's Messenger spacecraft reported on Thursday.
Scientists announced Thursday that the orbiting probe, Messenger, has found evidence of frozen water, even though Mercury is the closest planet to the sun.
MESSENGERS $$ Courier service with both routed and on demand work.
Scott Pukos Messenger Post Media.
It's a well known fact that the Messenger Post office has been eyebombed.
Patty McAlpinLincoln News Messenger Reporter.
(CBS News) According to the legend, "marathon" derives its name from the Greek messenger Pheidippides.
Windows Live Messenger will be discontinued.
Microsoft to drop Messenger , switch to Skype.
Maintaining Windows Live Messenger made less sense after Microsoft Corp.
This move will include migrating Messenger 's 100 million users to Skype's platform.
Microsoft Ditching Windows Live Messenger for Skype.
Microsoft To Kill Windows Live Messenger .

In science:

Witten speculates that these could be the messengers of supersymmetry breaking.
Product Groups, Discrete Symmetries, and Grand Unification
Clearly, in order to do so, she must probe the stream of messenger photons, for example using something like a beam splitter.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
If we interpret the random walker as an information messenger, nodes with larger RWC are more efficient in receiving information than nodes with smaller RWC.
Random Walks on Complex Networks
Good candidates for such a multi-messenger approach are microquasars, the galactic equivalents of quasars.
ANTARES Status & Milestones : News from Deep-Sea
The most natural messengers of supersymmetry breaking are the Higgs doublets, H and H , as suggested some 10 years ago by Dvali and Shifman .
Proton decay, supersymmetry breaking and its mediation
Whoever the messenger is, an important question remains regarding the source of supersymmetry breaking.
Proton decay, supersymmetry breaking and its mediation
These fields are potential messengers of supersymmetry breaking and we will comment on their role in section 5.
Proton decay, supersymmetry breaking and its mediation
Non-standard neutrino interactions (NSI) could be such messengers of new physics beyond the Standard Model in the neutrino sector.
Neutrino factory optimization for non-standard interactions
Messenger et al. (2007) even cite neighboring isotopically anomalous (15N-rich) carbonaceous material to argue that some silicates in IDPs with marginal isotope anomalies are likely presolar grains.
Comment on "The shape and composition of interstellar silicate grains"
Stansbery, 1985 Keller, L. P. & Messenger, S. 2005, in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 341, Chondrites and the Protoplanetary Disk, ed. A. N.
Comment on "The shape and composition of interstellar silicate grains"
F-terms, for the case of a weakly coupled messenger sector.
Comments on General Gauge Mediation
It is easily verified that these identities are indeed satisfied for the particular case of weakly coupled messengers, by expanding for small F /M the explicit expressions for eCj and eB1/2 in the appendix of .
Comments on General Gauge Mediation
Jupiter's satellites, Venus' phases, and sunspots, but mention the stars only briefly, and only in terms of the Starry Messenger.
Regarding the Potential Impact of Double Star Observations on Conceptions of the Universe of Stars in the Early 17th Century
The dashed (solid) line is a bosonic (fermionic) messenger.
Gaugino versus Sfermion Masses in Gauge Mediation
The blob on the scalar line indicates an insertion of hFχ i into the propagator of the scalar messengers and the cross denotes an insertion of the R-symmetry breaking VEV into the propagator of the fermionic messengers.
Gaugino versus Sfermion Masses in Gauge Mediation