te·​leg·​ra·​phy tə-ˈle-grə-fē How to pronounce telegraphy (audio)
: the use or operation of a telegraph apparatus or system for communication

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Considering how telegraphy helped Chicago prosper, the city’s movers and shakers had a stake in improving it. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 1 Jan. 2023 Without Morse’s contributions to the development of telegraphy, Joseph Medill would have had less of a city to preside over. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 1 Jan. 2023 England imported gutta-percha from Southeast Asia for undersea telegraphy wires. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 Such anecdotes add welcome color to the technical explanations of phonetic scripts, typewriters, telegraphy, card-catalogue systems, and computers. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Morris gestures toward a better one, by titling each section with a discipline in which Edison distinguished himself: each backward-marching decade is matched to botany, defense, chemistry, magnetism, light, sound, telegraphy, or natural philosophy. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 In Europe telegraphy largely was added to postal operations as a government responsibility. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 29 Sep. 2019 To show their appreciation, the station agent taught Edison telegraphy. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2019 In 1888, George Safford Parker, a telegraphy instructor, founded the Parker Pen Company there; General Motors opened its plant in 1919. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 19 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telegraphy was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Telegraphy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


te·​leg·​ra·​phy tə-ˈleg-rə-fē How to pronounce telegraphy (audio)
: the use or operation of a telegraph system or equipment

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