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1telegraph

noun tele·graph \-ˌgraf\

: an old-fashioned system of sending messages over long distances by using wires and electrical signals

: a device used for sending or receiving messages by telegraph

Full Definition of TELEGRAPH

1
:  an apparatus for communication at a distance by coded signals; especially :  an apparatus, system, or process for communication at a distance by electric transmission over wire
2
:  telegram

Examples of TELEGRAPH

  1. I sent the message by telegraph.

Origin of TELEGRAPH

French télégraphe, from télé- tele- (from Greek tēle-) + -graphe -graph
First Known Use: 1794

2telegraph

transitive verb

: to send (a message) by telegraph

: to send a telegram to (someone)

: to make (something that you are about to do or say) obvious or apparent by the way you move, look, etc.

Full Definition of TELEGRAPH

1
a :  to send or communicate by or as if by telegraph
b :  to send a telegram to
c :  to send by means of a telegraphic order
2
:  to make known by signs especially unknowingly and in advance
te·leg·ra·pher \tə-ˈle-grə-fər\ noun
te·leg·ra·phist \-fist\ noun

Examples of TELEGRAPH

  1. He telegraphed a message to her.
  2. Please telegraph when you get there.
  3. Please telegraph me when you get there.
  4. The look on her face telegraphed bad news.
  5. He lost the boxing match because he was telegraphing his punches.

First Known Use of TELEGRAPH

1805
TELEGRAPH Defined for Kids

1telegraph

noun tele·graph \ˈte-lə-ˌgraf\

Definition of TELEGRAPH for Kids

:  an electric device or system for sending messages by a code over connecting wires

2telegraph

verb
tele·graphedtele·graph·ing

Definition of TELEGRAPH for Kids

1
:  to send by code over connecting wires
2
:  to send a telegram to
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