- an apparatus, system, or process for transmitting messages or signals to a distant place, especially by means of an electric device consisting essentially of a sending instrument and a distant receiving instrument connected by a conducting wire or other communications channel.
- Nautical. an apparatus, usually mechanical, for transmitting and receiving orders between the bridge of a ship and the engine room or some other part of the engineering department.
- a telegraphic message.
- to transmit or send (a message) by telegraph.
- to send a message to (a person) by telegraph.
- Informal. to divulge or indicate unwittingly (one's intention, next offensive move, etc.), as to an opponent or to an audience; broadcast: The fighter telegraphed his punch and his opponent was able to parry it. If you act nervous too early in the scene, you'll telegraph the character's guilt.
- to send a message by telegraph.
Origin of telegraph
Examples from the Web for telegraphed
Unfortunately, this first twist was telegraphed within the first five minutes—and any chance really—of the pilot.‘Almost Human’ Review: A Dystopian Future That We’ve Seen Before
November 17, 2013
The rise in scale, and in stakes, is telegraphed early on in the nearly two-and-a-half hour film.‘Catching Fire’ Review: Bigger, More Polished, and Just Another Popcorn Flick
November 14, 2013
James Kirchick on how Hunter telegraphed what Paul truly thinks.What Rand Paul Aide Jack Hunter and His Resignation Say About His Boss
July 23, 2013
Instead, they have telegraphed to large European depositors that even in a financial crisis, large accounts are no longer safe.The Resolution of the Cyprus Banking Collapse Paves the Way for More Crises
April 1, 2013
In this Annie Lowrey article in The New York Times in September, its end was telegraphed.The Fiscal Cliff’s First Victim?
November 15, 2012
We had, as usual, telegraphed for two of the best rooms to be had.The Roof of France
They telegraphed from New York that we were to spare no expense; and we haven't.In the Midst of Alarms
And Gaunt, who was standing by, and knew it also, telegraphed a significant look to Huntley.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I should have telegraphed, but am careless about such matters.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
She has telegraphed that she can only get away just to see you.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- a device, system, or process by which information can be transmitted over a distance, esp using radio signals or coded electrical signals sent along a transmission line connected to a transmitting and a receiving instrument
- (as modifier)telegraph pole
- a message transmitted by such a device, system, or process; telegram
- to send a telegram to (a person or place); wire
- (tr) to transmit or send by telegraph
- (tr) boxing informal to prepare to deliver (a punch) so obviously that one's opponent has ample time to avoid it
- (tr) to give advance notice of (anything), esp unintentionally
- (tr) Canadian informal to cast (votes) illegally by impersonating registered voters
Word Origin and History for telegraphed
1805, from telegraph (n.). Figurative meaning "to signal one's intentions" is first attested 1925, originally in boxing. Related: Telegraphed; telegraphing.
1794, "semaphor apparatus" (hence the Telegraph Hill in many cities), literally "that which writes at a distance," from French télégraphe, from télé- "far" (from Greek tele-; see tele-) + -graphe (see -graphy). The signaling device had been invented in France in 1791 by the brothers Chappe, who had called it tachygraphe, literally "that which writes fast," but the better name was suggested to them by French diplomat Comte André-François Miot de Mélito (1762-1841). First applied 1797 to an experimental electric telegraph (designed by Dr. Don Francisco Salva at Barcelona); the practical version was developed 1830s by Samuel Morse.
- A communications system in which a message in the form of short, rapid electric impulses is sent, either by wire or radio, to a receiving station. Morse code is often used to encode messages in a form that is easily transmitted through electric impulses.