Adjective "telegraph" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A system for transmitting messages from a distance along a wire, especially one creating signals by making and breaking an electrical connection.
  1. 'The telegraph wires had broken as well, according to the couple that had stopped by.'
  2. 'The sender would tap out messages in Morse code, which would be transmitted down the telegraph wire to a human decoder translating them back into ordinary characters.'
  3. 'In 1877 the town was connected by telegraph to Adelaide but it was not until 1911 that a telephone exchange was installed.'
  4. 'On 11 May 1874 the residents of Callington celebrated the connection by telegraph with Adelaide.'
  5. 'Women as perpetrators include nearly 200 women tried as spies, smugglers, couriers, and saboteurs conducting such activity as cutting telegraph wire.'
  6. 'Miraculously, even the telegraph wires along which Morse code messages once pulsed still dangle in the breeze.'
  7. 'It was communication by telegraph that brought one of the biggest revolutions in weather forecasting techniques.'
  8. 'There was also the Morse code telegraph system which dated from the earliest days and remained in use to supplement the telephones.'
  9. 'There were now 50,000 miles of telegraph wire in the theatre of war, making coverage more extensive and immediate.'
  10. 'Six months after the arrival of the telegraph, all southern provinces were linked by telegraph lines.'
  11. 'You can operate an optical telegraph as used in the Napoleonic wars, crank up second world war field telephones and learn to read Morse and semaphore.'
  12. 'Not only do telegraphs remain bolted to the interior decks. but so does the binnacle and steering gear.'
  13. 'Devices like the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, and radio annihilated physical and temporal distance.'
  14. 'Nanotechnology, resulting in enormous life extension and space colonization, will do for the Solar System in the 21st century what steam engines and telegraphs did for Earth in the 19th.'
  15. 'In 1832, the same year he became professor of painting and sculpture at the University of the City of New York, he drafted his first ideas for an electric telegraph.'
  16. 'The telegraph began with the first workable telegraphs in Britain and Germany around 1835, there was large-scale wiring of individual countries by 1855, and the world was linked by submarine cables by 1885.'
  17. 'By the 1840s, the clamor for intelligence by brokers and other investors had already resulted in a telegraph operating between New York and Philadelphia.'
  18. 'In 1832, Baron Schilling, a Russian diplomat, linked the Summer Palace of the tsar in St Petersburg to the Winter Palace using a telegraph with rotating magnetized needles.'
A board displaying scores or other information at a sports match or race meeting.
  1. 'The figures on the telegraph-board rose from twenty to thirty.'


Send (someone) a message by telegraph.
  1. 'He apologized for not telegraphing her because he was ‘constantly engaged day and night with the mob, [such] that I have not had a moment to write.’'
  2. 'William Snell also telegraphed his brother Arthur to let him know about the disappearance of their brother.'
  3. 'Next day I telegraphed my broker, urging him to purchase all controlling shares of the company.'
  4. 'I told her that I would telegraph her with my reply as soon as possible.'
  5. 'And in the mean time, we can telegraph the Judge in Sacramento.'
  6. '‘People are profoundly shocked here,’ Churchill telegraphed to Eisenhower that evening.'
  7. 'But when such disputation is telegraphed to a wired world in real time, it can wreak havoc with U.S. diplomacy.'
  8. 'When the special was arranged for, my agent instantly telegraphed to me and warned me how soon I should have everything ready.'
  9. 'a tiny movement of her arm telegraphed her intention to strike'
  10. 'Her body language telegraphed her growing doubt.'
  11. 'You never want to telegraph that you underestimate in any way, shape or form your opponent's strength.'
  12. 'Sarcasm is usually pretty obvious and shouldn't need telegraphing in such a crude manner.'
  13. 'How do we not telegraph to the rest of the world that we are vulnerable in some way?'
  14. 'He telegraphs a curious expression across the curious pseudo - restaurant that serves as the canteen in the bowels of Television Centre.'
  15. 'Make sure that your upper body doesn't make any unnecessary movements that will telegraph your intentions to your opponent.'
  16. 'It's my opinion that both these methods are turgid in the extreme and what is more, they telegraph Germany's intentions early on.'
  17. 'Some are telegraphed halfway through the story while others come as a complete surprise.'
  18. 'She likes large gestures, preferably telegraphed in advance to cue the laugh lines.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. a telegraphic message.

More examples(as adjective)

"workers can be telegraph."

"readers can be telegraph."

"equipments can be telegraph."


Early 18th century: from French télégraphe, from télé- ‘at a distance’ + -graphe (see -graph).