3. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of business; prompt execution; diligence; haste. Serious business, craving quick dispatch. (Shak) To carry his scythe . . . With a sufficient dispatch through a sufficient space. (Paley)
4. A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an important official letter sent from one public officer to another; often used in the plural; as, a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval or military dispatches.
5. A message transmitted by telegraph. Dispatch boat, a swift vessel for conveying dispatches; an advice boat. Dispatch box, a box for carrying dispatches; a box for papers and other conveniences when traveling.
alternative forms: despatch.