telegraphic

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

Definition of telegraphic

1 : of or relating to the telegraph

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Other Words from telegraphic

telegraphically \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telegraphically (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 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, "New Books," 15 Sep. 2020 Marconi successfully sent the first wireless telegraphic signals across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tesla is a fittingly unconventional biopic of a most unconventional man," 30 Aug. 2020 Both memories are expressed with masterful touches of repetition, achieving a telegraphic poetry. John Domini, Washington Post, "In ‘Not a Novel,’ Jenny Erpenbeck continues to evolve," 8 Sep. 2020 Marconi successfully sent the first wireless telegraphic signals across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tesla is a fittingly unconventional biopic of a most unconventional man," 30 Aug. 2020 Marconi successfully sent the first wireless telegraphic signals across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage," 28 May 2020 With its near-telegraphic flashbacks and forwards, and first-person narration by an unnamed journalist writing in 1990s present day, Didion’s novel creates the impression of a slow-motion, backward-running film of a land-mine explosion. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ Review: Gun Running and Anxiety," 13 Feb. 2020 Reimagining punk, funk and reggae with analytical rigor, the band set telegraphic lyrics and shards of guitar noise against austerely propulsive beats and syncopated silences. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Andy Gill, Radical Guitarist With Gang of Four, Dies at 64," 1 Feb. 2020 Reimagining punk, funk, and reggae with analytical rigor, the band set telegraphic lyrics and shards of guitar noise against austerely propulsive beats and syncopated silences. Jon Pareles, BostonGlobe.com, "Andy Gill, radical guitarist with Gang of Four, at 64," 2 Feb. 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 26 Sep. 2020.

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