Definition of message switching in English:

message switching


mass nounTelecommunications Computing
  • A mode of data transmission in which a message is sent as a complete unit and routed via a number of intermediate nodes at which it is stored and then forwarded.

    • ‘The Multi-protocol Message System is a general purpose store-and-forward message switching system that maximizes the advantages of modern network techniques.’
    • ‘E-Mail delivery is another example of message switching.’
    • ‘This part of the Application Programming documentation covers functions relating to message switching and printout spooling functions.’
    • ‘Several new dimensions are introduced by message switching, including routing, protocols, and flow control.’
    • ‘The concept of message switching is quite old, at least going back to the ‘torn tape’ days of the 1930-1950 era.’