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mes·sen·ger

(mes'en-jer),
1. That which carries a message.
2. Having message-carrying properties.

messenger

1. Pertaining to ribonucleic acid (RNA) that carries the coded information for protein synthesis from the DNA to the site of protein synthesis, the RIBOSOMES.
2. A HORMONE or other effector capable of acting at a distance from its site of production. A second messenger is a hormone, produced within a cell and operating on internal structures, when another hormone acts on the outer cell membrane.
References in classic literature ?
The messenger replied that he knew of a much finer bull called Donn Chuailgne, or Brown Bull of Cooley, which belonged to Dawra, the chief of Ulster.
So taking with him nine others, the messenger set out and soon arrived at Cooley.
As he spoke, a servant of Dawra came with food and drink for the strangers, and hearing how they spoke among themselves, he hastily and in wrath dashed the food upon the table, and returning to his master repeated to him the words of the messenger.
MESSENGER If I must first make plain beyond a doubt My message, know that Polybus is dead.
MESSENGER One touch will send an old man to his rest.
MESSENGER Yes, having measured the full span of years.
MESSENGER Who may this woman be whom thus you fear?
MESSENGER Was this the fear that exiled thee from home?
'There's nothing but hay left now,' the Messenger said, peeping into the bag.
'Who did you pass on the road?' the King went on, holding out his hand to the Messenger for some more hay.
'I do my best,' the Messenger said in a sulky tone.
'I'll whisper it,' said the Messenger, putting his hands to his mouth in the shape of a trumpet, and stooping so as to get close to the King's ear.