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noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. an ornamented metal clasp or brooch for fastening a cope in front.

Origin of morse

1375–1425; late Middle English mors < Old French < Latin morsus fastening, literally, act of biting, equivalent to mord(ēre) to bite + -tus, suffix of v. action


  1. Jed·i·di·ah [jed-i-dahy-uh] /ˌdʒɛd ɪˈdaɪ ə/, 1761–1826, U.S. geographer and Congregational clergyman (father of Samuel F. B. Morse).
  2. Samuel F(in·ley) B(reese) [fin-lee breez] /ˈfɪn li briz/, 1791–1872, U.S. artist and inventor: developer of the first successful telegraph in the U.S.; inventor of the most commonly used telegraphic code system.
  3. Morse code.
  4. a male given name, form of Maurice.
  1. noting or pertaining to the Morse code or the system of communications using it.
  2. pertaining to any code resembling the Morse code.
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  1. a clasp or fastening on a cope

Word Origin

C15: from Old French mors, from Latin morsus clasp, bite, from mordēre to bite


  1. Samuel Finley Breese (ˈfɪnlɪ briːz). 1791–1872, US inventor and painter. He invented the first electric telegraph and the Morse code
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morse in Science


  1. American inventor who was a pioneer in the field of telegraphy and in 1844 introduced a telegraphic code for transmitting messages, which became known as Morse code.
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