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[tuh-leg-ruh-fee] /təˈlɛg rə fi/
the art or practice of constructing or operating telegraphs.
Origin of telegraphy
First recorded in 1785-95; tele-1 + -graphy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A woodpecker's telegraphy broke the quiet like a volley of pistol shots.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • And in 1869 Lowestoft was not much more than a village, and telegraphy was in its infancy.

  • In the age of telegraphy, that disaster would have been averted.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Locomotives and telegraphy are mere snails compared to thought.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • But had the last word in telegraphy been spoken, when it was invented?

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Not even the demands of telegraphy will rouse them to robust activity.

    A Corner of Spain Walter Wood
  • Thus, in the style of telegraphy, as though he wrote in hot haste.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • A parallel example is recorded in the twin art of telegraphy.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • This was long before the time of telegraphy or even of railroads.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for telegraphy


a system of telecommunications involving any process providing reproduction at a distance of written, printed, or pictorial matter See also facsimile (sense 2)
the skill or process of operating a telegraph
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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