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telegraph

noun tele·graph \ -ˌgraf \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

Examples of telegraph in a Sentence

  1. I sent the message by telegraph.

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Origin and Etymology of telegraph

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


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telegraph

verb

Definition of telegraph

transitive verb
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

telegrapher

play \tə-ˈle-grə-fər\ noun

telegraphist

play \-fist\ noun

Examples of telegraph in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of telegraph

1806



TELEGRAPH Defined for English Language Learners

telegraph

noun

Definition of telegraph for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of telegraph for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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telegraph

noun tele·graph \ ˈte-lə-ˌgraf \

Definition of telegraph for Students

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

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telegraph

verb

Definition of telegraph for Students

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


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