• WordNet 3.6
    • v despatch send away towards a designated goal
    • n despatch the act of sending off something
    • n despatch killing a person or animal
    • n despatch the property of being prompt and efficient "it was done with dispatch"
    • n despatch an official report (usually sent in haste)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v Despatch Same as Dispatch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • despatch To deliver; rid; free; disentangle; discharge: usually reflexive.
    • despatch To send to a destination; cause to start for or go to an appointed place; put under way: usually implying urgent importance or haste as to purpose, or promptness and regularity as to time: as, to despatch a messenger or a letter asking for assistance; to despatch an envoy to a foreign court; to despatch a ship.
    • despatch To transact or dispose of speedily or with promptness; attend to; bring to an end; accomplish: as, to despatch business.
    • despatch To finish or make an end of by promptly putting to death; kill.
    • despatch Synonyms To hasten off.
    • despatch To make short work of, dispose of (quickly).
    • despatch Slay, Murder, etc. See kill.
    • despatch To go expeditiously; be quick.
    • despatch To conclude or dispose of an affair or matter; make a finish.
    • n despatch A sending off or away; a prompt or regular starting or transmission, as of some one on an errand or a commission, or of a ship, freight, etc., on its prescribed course or toward its destination: as, the despatch of the mails; the despatch of troops to the front.
    • n despatch A sending away or getting rid of something; a putting out of the way, or a doing away with; riddance; dismissal.
    • n despatch Prompt or expeditious performance; complete or regular execution or transaction; the act of bringing to a conclusion.
    • n despatch Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence: as, repairing done with neatness and despatch; go, but make despatch.
    • n despatch Conduct; management.
    • n despatch A written message sent or to be sent with expedition: as, a telegraphic despatch.
    • n despatch An official letter relating to public affairs, as from a minister to an ambassador or a commander, or from the latter to the former, usually conveyed by a special messenger or bearer of despatches.
    • n despatch A conveyance or an organization for the expeditious transmission of merchandise, money, etc.: as, the Merchants' Despatch; it was sent by despatch.
    • n despatch A decisive answer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Despatch to send away hastily: to send out of the world: to put to death: to dispose of: to perform speedily
    • v.i Despatch (Shak.) to make haste
    • n Despatch a sending away in haste: dismissal: rapid performance: haste: the sending off of the mails: that which is despatched, as a message, esp. telegraphic
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In literature:

I am bound not only to send a despatch about it, but the despatch must be very long and full.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
His despatch was considered needlessly irritating, but he would not allow a word to be altered.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
This, doubtless, will be the emissary referred to in the despatch.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
He knew little, he said, for he only carried despatches from Schwerin.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
If you will, and can despatch it at once, you will make me happy.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Again the despatcher called, again Alex sought to interrupt him, failed, and gave it up.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
In March, 1790, Washington despatched Colonel Marinus Willett on a new mission to the Creeks.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
A small fast-sailing vessel in advance of a fleet, employed to carry intelligence with all possible despatch.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
What the Jubilee despatch really shows is that Lord Milner was prepared to make the best of the Dutch.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
I must carry my despatches over the mountains to-morrow.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter

In poetry:

O dread fellow-mortal, get newer
Despatches to carry, or none!
We're as quick as the Greek and the Jew were
At knowing a loaf from a stone.
"The Flying Dutchman" by James Russell Lowell
I was " mentioned in despatches "
And ordered to quit the place!
And I was the man who saved the King! —
'Til they beat it with the Ace . ..
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
And then, delayed a year upon the voyage,
St Petersburg despatches came at length.
The orders were to take decisive measures:
The garrison must be brought up to strength.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
Onely thy grace, which with these elements comes,
Knoweth the ready way,
And hath the privie key,
Op'ning the soul's most subtile rooms:
While those to spirits refin'd, at doore attend
Despatches from their friend.
"The Holy Communion" by George Herbert
Then turning about to the hangman, he said,
Despatch me, I pr'ythee, this troublesome blade,
For thy cord and my cord both equally tie,
And we live by the gold for which other men die.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Despatch Industries received an order from Spirit AeroSystems, a Kansas-based independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components, for a large aluminum annealing and aging oven with a custom process-control system.
Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW) acquired Despatch Industries, a provider of thermal-processing equipment for the solar, carbon-fiber and other thermal-technology markets.
Despatch Industries completed an order for a custom-built, high-temperature PTD oven for a customer in the petroleum industry.

In science:

When additional new pathways of electrical activity - ‘glia bridges’ - come into operation, they affect the way the nucleus controls additional information and the destinations to which it despatches response signals.
Role of Glia cells in the formation of memory in the brain