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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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

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Alsop’s orchestral accompaniment built from telegraphic percussive utterances to a majestic finale via a sustained, expertly managed crescendo. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: A vast exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s legacy over 2 nights," 25 July 2019 Over a distance, the North Eastern Railway in 1888 had transported passengers from London to Edinburgh in nine and a half hours, timed by the standard telegraphic system. A-LIST, "The Quest to be Quick," 24 Dec. 2017 Drummer Taylor’s pulsing backbeat and pianist Davis’ telegraphic chord clusters enriched the texture of this music, though there was no doubt that Vandermark and Revis were its leading voices. Howard Reich,, "Revis and Vandermark start a storm at Green Mill," 26 Aug. 2017 Then the introduction of television made the telegraphic era seem quaint. Jon Meacham, New York Times, "The Man to Blame for Our Culture of Fame," 26 Apr. 2017 Even the invention and wide deployment of ocean-crossing telegraphic wires in the late 19th century only partially impacted this practice. Robert Bateman, Esquire, "Reporters Keep Failing Us on North Korea," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of telegraphic

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of telegraphic was in 1794

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