What does the word dispatch mean?

Usage examples for dispatch

  1. Matt took the dispatch, and hurried out to find some means of getting quickly to Miss Northwick with it. – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  2. The tale is told, and tonight I walk abroad on an errand of the head, not of the heart: I shall go across to the trading center and dispatch a knapsack by the steamer; after that I shall wander on. – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  3. No, 'twas a dispatch. – Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter