te·​leg·​ra·​phy | \ tə-ˈle-grə-fē How to pronounce telegraphy (audio) \

Definition of telegraphy

: the use or operation of a telegraph apparatus or system for communication

Examples of telegraphy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019 In Europe telegraphy largely was added to postal operations as a government responsibility. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Highway 91 revisited reflects our history," 29 Sep. 2019 To show their appreciation, the station agent taught Edison telegraphy. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 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, "“Janesville” and the Costs of American Optimism," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of telegraphy

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Telegraphy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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