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Definition of "chat" []

  • To converse in an easy, familiar manner; talk lightly and casually. (verb-intransitive)
  • Computer Science To participate in a synchronous exchange of remarks with one or more people over a computer network. (verb-intransitive)
  • An informal, light conversation. (noun)
  • Computer Science A synchronous exchange of remarks over a computer network. (noun)
  • Any of several birds known for their chattering call, as of the genera Saxicola or Icteria. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chat" in a sentence
  • "Monitor and record all popular Instant Messenger chat or web chat* on your local network automatically and secretly!"
  • "I use the word chat because our conversations were characterized by a silent code: keep it pseudo-lite."
  • "I use the term chat, but really the underlying protocol is XMPP, formerly referred to as Jabber, but calling it your XMPP provider would be the same as calling your email provider your SMTP/POP/IMAP provider; while true, it's just not true in any way that helps the conversation. data portability"