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telegraph

[ tel-i-graf, -grahf ]
/ 藞t蓻l 瑟藢gr忙f, -藢gr蓱f /
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noun
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 message sent by telegraph; a telegram.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to send a message by telegraph.
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Origin of telegraph

<French t茅l茅graphe (1792) a kind of manual signaling device; see tele-1, -graph

OTHER WORDS FROM telegraph

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British Dictionary definitions for telegraph

telegraph
/ (藞t蓻l瑟藢伞r忙f, -藢伞r蓱藧f) /

noun
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)telegraph pole
a message transmitted by such a device, system, or process; telegram
verb

Derived forms of telegraph

telegraphist (t瑟藞l蓻伞r蓹f瑟st) or telegrapher, noun
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Scientific definitions for telegraph

telegraph
[ t臅l沫-gr膬f鈥 ]

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.
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