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telegraph

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noun tele·graph \-ˌgraf\

Simple Definition of telegraph

  • : 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. 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. 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


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telegraph

transitive verb tele·graph

Simple Definition of telegraph

  • : 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. 1a :  to send or communicate by or as if by telegraphb :  to send a telegram toc :  to send by means of a telegraphic order

  2. 2 :  to make known by signs especially unknowingly and in advance

te·leg·ra·pher play \tə-ˈle-grə-fər\ noun
te·leg·ra·phist play \-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.



1805

First Known Use of telegraph

1805




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