telegraphic

adjective
tele·​graph·​ic | \ ˌte-lə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce telegraphic (audio) \

Definition of telegraphic

1 : of or relating to the telegraph
2 : concise, terse

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Other Words from telegraphic

telegraphically \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telegraphic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of telegraphic in a Sentence

when dealing with her staff, she communicated mostly in telegraphic sentences and meaningful looks
Recent Examples on the Web Moskovich unfolds this non-linear story through telegraphic bursts of words. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 Each begins with telegraphic entries putting the events of the composer’s life in the context of the broader cultural scene. John Check, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2020 That could be useful for conversations where telegraphic, ungrammatical messages would come off as impolite. Tom Simonite, Wired, 18 Oct. 2020 Marconi successfully sent the first wireless telegraphic signals across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Aug. 2020 Marconi successfully sent the first wireless telegraphic signals across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Aug. 2020 The delicate tintinnabulation of Adasiewicz’s vibes dovetailed with Reed’s telegraphic drum work, Reid’s amber cellos lines, Johnson’s silvery trumpet phrases and Heinemann’s warmly resonant bass. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 27 Sep. 2020 Marconi successfully sent the first wireless telegraphic signals across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Aug. 2020 But the novel’s clearest literary antecedent is John Dos Passos, particularly the fractal, telegraphic style of his 1925 portrait of disparate city lives, Manhattan Transfer. Andrew Martin, Harper's Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of telegraphic

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Telegraphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telegraphic. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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