Morse code


: either of two codes consisting of variously spaced dots and dashes or long and short sounds used for transmitting messages by audible or visual signals
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Examples of Morse code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Read full article Matson also recommended stopping by to see Morse code jewelry by designer Liz Stewart. Kajsa Kedefors,, 8 Sep. 2023 Texting isn’t Morse code — the goal is not to use as few words as possible. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 The messages in Morse code were picked up by other ships and onshore receiving stations, helping to save the lives of about 700 people who fled in life boats. Ben Finley, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2023 Its faint dip dip dip is barely detectable as a small team of engineers and scientists scramble to their stations and listen, trying to decipher the message, delivered through Morse code. Cathy Alter, WIRED, 27 Aug. 2023 But maybe Morse code’s greatest gift is to inspire. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 24 July 2023 Think of it as sort of a Morse code if, for lack of a better term, but think of it as a Morse code. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 Morse formalized this language as American Morse code in 1838, and in 1851 countries standardized it into international Morse code, which has remained largely unchanged since. Larry Kahaner, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 On the Internet, speculation proliferated about where Niemann might have stashed a device that could vibrate in a kind of Morse code, offering hints from an associate. Ben McGrath, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Samuel F. B. Morse

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Morse code was in 1859

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“Morse code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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Morse code

: either of two codes consisting of dots and dashes or long and short sounds used for sending messages
morse code table

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