telegraph

noun
tele·​graph | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgraf How to pronounce telegraph (audio) \

Definition of telegraph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

telegraph

verb
telegraphed; telegraphing; telegraphs

Definition of telegraph (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Verb

telegrapher \ tə-​ˈle-​grə-​fər How to pronounce telegrapher (audio) \ noun
telegraphist \ tə-​ˈle-​grə-​fist How to pronounce telegraphist (audio) \ noun

Examples of telegraph in a Sentence

Noun I sent the message by telegraph. Verb He telegraphed a message to her. Please telegraph when you get there. Please telegraph me when you get there. The look on her face telegraphed bad news. He lost the boxing match because he was telegraphing his punches.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Wilson sent a signal from the White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa dike. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1845, the Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Md.," 10 Oct. 2019 The novel is also shot through with the unexpected collateral effects of that game-changing technology, the telegraph. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "'I Put 1,400 Pages in the Trash.' The Tiger's Wife Author Téa Obreht on Killing Two Books to Create Her New Novel," 13 Aug. 2019 In 1865 Kennicott asked Stimpson to take his place as curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences while Kennicott served as naturalist on the Russian-American Telegraph Expedition, an ambitious plan to connect Europe and America via telegraph. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 The 1912 Union train station is full of railroading artifacts, while the stationmaster’s office even contains a working telegraph. David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Simpler, gentler: A journey through the eastern N.H. hinterlands," 13 Aug. 2019 The telegraph bill was more than $3,000 — more than $68,800 today. Patrick Springer / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Along with Custer, a Pioneer Press contributor met his end 143 years ago at Battle of the Little Bighorn," 6 July 2019 Aster plants eerie symbols and glyphs — which, despite their beauty and colour, telegraph a deep sense of unease — skillfully captured by cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 Technological innovations – especially the transatlantic telegraph – made possible the rapid transmission of reports on political conflicts, economic crises and natural disasters occurring around the world. Heather D. Curtis, The Conversation, "How American Christian media promoted charity abroad," 3 Sep. 2019 The telegraph, the WeChat of its day, allowed far-flung Chinese to share tales of outrage and to organise. The Economist, "China’s thin-skinned online nationalists want to be both loved and feared by the West," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The game was also broadcast live on the radio and telegraphed updates were instantly available to newspapers through wire services, courtesy of the fellows in the front row. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: When her dad and her brother went out to hunt pheasants, what was her job?," 27 Oct. 2019 Throwing the Kurds under the bus telegraphed to the region that being friends with the Americans is a bad bet. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "The Problem with Trump’s ‘Normandy Doctrine’," 11 Oct. 2019 Walsh, who publicly supported Trump in 2016, has been telegraphing the longshot bid against Trump for weeks. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh announces challenge against President Donald Trump for 2020 Republican nomination," 25 Aug. 2019 Out for a stroll this afternoon in West Hollywood with Baldwin, the singer showed off a neat man bun and fresh confidence that telegraphed his firmly committed status. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Justin Bieber Test Drives the Matrimonial Man Bun in Los Angeles," 23 Oct. 2018 While the White House confirmed Hamza bin Laden’s death on Saturday, US officials for months have telegraphed the possibility of his killing at the hands of the United States. BostonGlobe.com, "Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden and once-possible heir to the Al Qaeda terrorist network, was killed in a US counterterror operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, President Trump said Saturday — an announcement that comes more than a month after officials suggested he was killed.," 15 Sep. 2019 In the second quarter, Garoppolo telegraphed a short pass to running back Tevin Coleman near the left sideline. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers defense puts embarrassing streaks to rest in 31-17 win over Buccaneers," 8 Sep. 2019 But to the knowing, the ink thicket telegraphs something more sinister. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The truth about race-baiting that Trump supporters don’t want to hear," 26 Aug. 2019 In more than two-thirds of the 75 cases reviewed, the shooters telegraphed their troubled state on social media, in remarks or messages to friends or family or with signs of mental illness or distress. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "Mass shootings: How often were background checks, assault weapons and red flags a factor?," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of telegraph

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for telegraph

Noun

French télégraphe, from télé- tele- (from Greek tēle-) + -graphe -graph

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11 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for telegraph

The first known use of telegraph was in 1793

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telegraph

noun
How to pronounce telegraph (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of telegraph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

telegraph

verb

English Language Learners Definition of telegraph (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

telegraph

noun
tele·​graph | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgraf How to pronounce telegraph (audio) \

Kids Definition of telegraph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

telegraph

verb
telegraphed; telegraphing

Kids Definition of telegraph (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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