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Definition of "telegraph" []

  • A communications system that transmits and receives simple unmodulated electric impulses, especially one in which the transmission and reception stations are directly connected by wires. (noun)
  • A message transmitted by telegraph; a telegram. (noun)
  • To transmit (a message) by telegraph. (verb-transitive)
  • To send or convey a message to (a recipient) by telegraph. (verb-transitive)
  • To make known (a feeling or an attitude, for example) by nonverbal means: telegraphed her derision with a smirk. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "telegraph" in a sentence
  • ""Now that's what we call the telegraph trial," said the pupil."
  • "The Garcia character runs their train car full of interesting machines, and her hand on the telegraph is so fast and precise it has to be heard to be believed."
  • "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat."