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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ The resourceful doctor immediately asked the railway staff to use the new electric telegraph to contact the police at Bishops Road terminus.
▪ One exception was a collaboration with Wilhelm Weber which produced in 1833 the first operating electric telegraph.
▪ But this also occurred with military and imperial funding of the electric telegraph and radio. 4.
▪ She felt rigid like a telegraph pole, communicating perfectly, functioning flawlessly, but with no heart, no soul.
▪ Mark then spent a week on the waterfront carefully planing down the telegraph poles to the right shape.
▪ Then follow the line of telegraph poles to the remains of an old railway bridge.
▪ More boulders now barred her passage, and mixed with these, were trees and telegraph poles.
▪ A greater-spotted woodpecker zooms in on a telegraph pole on the lane.
▪ They like roosting on telegraph poles.
▪ Another oddity - the telegraph poles on old shots look short.
▪ From the feel of it she thought it could be a telegraph pole.
▪ Glancing up, I saw a beautiful yellow bird perched on a telegraph wire, looking like a prize long-tailed canary.
▪ Immediately afterwards, she listens enraptured to the almost musical sound of the telegraph wires that only she is capable of hearing.
▪ The rain is sheeting across the horizon like ripped dustbin liners caught on a telegraph wire.
▪ Popularization of news was accelerated in the 1 840s with the introduction of telegraph wire services.
▪ And there was the railway, with its shining lines, telegraph wires and posts, and signals.
▪ And soon the word was crackling over the telegraph wires to all parts of the North.
▪ Crowds gathered everywhere, in front of banks, the Merchants' Exchange, the telegraph offices.
▪ He provided a comprehensive network of farm buildings connected, it is said, by a telegraph system.
▪ In other words, the announcer would kill time until the telegraph details started flowing again.
▪ Shortly thereafter, the two nations opened postal, telegraph, telephone, and telex links.
▪ Barrett telegraphed the owner to see if he would sell the property.
▪ Hills' main weakness as quarterback is that he telegraphs his passes.
▪ By 1844, a Washington newspaper started printing telegraphed news from Maryland.
▪ I telegraphed you before I married and gave you the chance to stop it then.
▪ Its pictures of a divided society, licensed beggars and so on, telegraphed McEwan's concerns a little brashly.
▪ The passage of the train was telegraphed forward from point to point throughout its journey.
▪ They had called people together in New Jersey, prayed, then telegraphed him.
▪ They tried to hit the symbolic spikes with a sledgehammer wired to telegraph the event of the blow, but they failed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Telegraph \Tel"e*graph\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Telegraphed; p. pr. & vb. n. Telegraphing.] [F. t['e]l['e]graphier.] To convey or announce by telegraph.


Telegraph \Tel"e*graph\, n. [Gr. ? far, far off (cf. Lith. toli) + -graph: cf. F. t['e]l['e]graphe. See Graphic.] An apparatus, or a process, for communicating intelligence rapidly between distant points, especially by means of preconcerted visible or audible signals representing words or ideas, or by means of words and signs, transmitted by electrical action.

Note: The instruments used are classed as indicator, type-printing, symbol-printing, or chemical-printing telegraphs, according as the intelligence is given by the movements of a pointer or indicator, as in Cooke & Wheatstone's (the form commonly used in England), or by impressing, on a fillet of paper, letters from types, as in House's and Hughe's, or dots and marks from a sharp point moved by a magnet, as in Morse's, or symbols produced by electro-chemical action, as in Bain's. In the offices in the United States the recording instrument is now little used, the receiving operator reading by ear the combinations of long and short intervals of sound produced by the armature of an electro-magnet as it is put in motion by the opening and breaking of the circuit, which motion, in registering instruments, traces upon a ribbon of paper the lines and dots used to represent the letters of the alphabet. See Illustration in Appendix.

Acoustic telegraph. See under Acoustic.

Dial telegraph, a telegraph in which letters of the alphabet and numbers or other symbols are placed upon the border of a circular dial plate at each station, the apparatus being so arranged that the needle or index of the dial at the receiving station accurately copies the movements of that at the sending station.

Electric telegraph, or Electro-magnetic telegraph, a telegraph in which an operator at one station causes words or signs to be made at another by means of a current of electricity, generated by a battery and transmitted over an intervening wire.

Facsimile telegraph. See under Facsimile.

Indicator telegraph. See under Indicator.

Pan-telegraph, an electric telegraph by means of which a drawing or writing, as an autographic message, may be exactly reproduced at a distant station.

Printing telegraph, an electric telegraph which automatically prints the message as it is received at a distant station, in letters, not signs.

Signal telegraph, a telegraph in which preconcerted signals, made by a machine, or otherwise, at one station, are seen or heard and interpreted at another; a semaphore.

Submarine telegraph cable, a telegraph cable laid under water to connect stations separated by a body of water.

Telegraph cable, a telegraphic cable consisting of several conducting wires, inclosed by an insulating and protecting material, so as to bring the wires into compact compass for use on poles, or to form a strong cable impervious to water, to be laid under ground, as in a town or city, or under water, as in the ocean.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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 U.S. inventor Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872). Meaning "telegraphic message" is from 1821. Related: Telegraphy.


n. (lb en historical) An apparatus, or a process, for communicate rapidly between distant points, especially by means of established visible or audible signals representing words or ideas, or by means of words and signs, transmitted by electrical means. vb. 1 To send a message by telegraph 2 To give nonverbal signals to another, as with gestures or a change in attitude. 3 To show one's intended action unintentionally.


n. apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire (usually in Morse code) [syn: telegraphy]


v. send cables, wires, or telegrams [syn: cable, wire]

  1. Redirect Telegraphy
Telegraph (album)

Telegraph is the debut album by singer-songwriter Drake Bell. It was recorded by Bell and producer Michael Corcoran, as well as a few friends in a simple home studio using a Digidesign Digi 002. The following record, It's Only Time was recorded at the time in a newly built studio, The Backhouse.

The album was released on August 23, 2005 and was issued by Backhouse Mike's label Backhouse Records and the now defunct label Nine Yards Records. Being an independently released production, it ran out of print, and was subsequently re-released on August 7, 2007.

Telegraph (disambiguation)

Telegraph is the apparatus or process for long distance transmission of textual messages without the physical exchange of an object bearing the message.

Telegraph may also refer to:

Telegraph (Bulgarian newspaper)

The Telegraph is a Bulgarian national daily newspaper published in Sofia. It was established in January 2005 as a low-cost, short-article alternative to the mainstream press. Its circulation rose rapidly: in May 2005 it was 38,000 1, but by April 2007 it had reached 80,000 2. By early 2008 it was estimated to be the national leader with 110,000 copies sold on some days.

The paper belongs to a Bulgarian company which also publishes the Monitor daily and Politika weekly.

As of February 2008, the newspaper's website shows only its front page.

Telegraph (Brisbane)

The Telegraph was an evening newspaper published in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was first published on 1 October 1872 and its final edition appeared on 5 February 1988. In its day it was recognised as one of the best news pictorial newspapers in the country. Its Pink Sports edition (printed distinctively on pink newsprint and sold on Brisbane streets from about 6pm on Saturdays) was a particularly excellent production produced under tight deadlines. It included results and pictures of Brisbane's Saturday afternoon sports including the results of the last horse race of the day.

Telegraph (song)

"Telegraph" is a song by the British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and is the second single from their studio album Dazzle Ships. "Telegraph" was originally slated to be the first single release, but being unhappy with the mix and with pressure from Virgin, the band opted instead to release " Genetic Engineering".

The song was first recorded in 1981 at The Manor studios and had been under consideration for the Architecture & Morality album. The lyrics on the original 1981 version and the 1983 version are different in places, reflecting the harder edge the original version presented. The 1981 version was released on the 2008 re-released Dazzle Ships album as an extra track. The original inspiration for "Telegraph" came from Andy McCluskey's strong feelings against politics and religion at the time. These motifs were weakened for the version on Dazzle Ships.

Critic Stewart Mason in AllMusic has retrospectively described the song as "insanely catchy" and "brilliant", adding: "[A]s the state-of-1983 electronics of the arrangement sound more and more quaint, the irony grows sharper."

"Telegraph" was OMD's first single not to enter the top 40 in the UK since achieving chart success with the single " Messages" in May 1980. It was included in the group's first singles compilation album The Best of OMD in 1988 (in a remixed form) but omitted from the second singles compilation The OMD Singles in 1998.

Usage examples of "telegraph".

All efforts to put the engine and car back on the track were fruitless, and a messenger was sent back to Ancon to telegraph to Lima for an extra engine to assist in righting the little train.

SIR:--Major-General McClellan telegraphs that he has ascertained by a reconnaissance that the battery at Jamestown has been abandoned, and he again requests that gunboats may be sent up the James River.

When he came out of the telegraph office an hour later, Asey found the doctor holding an impromptu clinic from the seat of the roadster.

Telegraph road southward, and General Sedgwick promptly advanced up the turnpike leading from Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville, to assail General Lee.

The information was telegraphed to the Sirdar, who at once ordered that a force of the friendly Arabs, escorted by a gunboat, should go up to Berber to find if the news was true.

And I know a couple bibliophiles around the Telegraph scene that might have information more recent than mine.

Telegraph bibliophiles had no more information about what had become of Fung the Philosopher than I had about Berkeley the Brave.

I arrived in England from Canada in the beginning of November, 1861, and at once telegraphed to the Duke, and on my way to London, at his request, I visited him at Clumber, and made my report of progress, which appeared to be highly satisfactory.

The telegraph thereby furnished cryptography with the structure and the content that it still has.

The next morning, after riding nine miles through a quagmire, under grand avenues of cryptomeria, and noticing with regret that the telegraph poles ceased, we reached Yusowa, a town of 7000 people, in which, had it not been for provoking delays, I should have slept instead of at Innai, and found that a fire a few hours previously had destroyed seventy houses, including the yadoya at which I should have lodged.

Governor Vance of North Carolina, afterwards elected senator, telegraphed that the North-Carolina Legislature had almost unanimously passed resolutions in favor of it.

Please telegraph to me what is the condition of the case, and if he has not been executed send me the record of the trial and conviction.

MAJOR-GENERAL Dix, New York: Yesterday I was induced to telegraph the officer in military command at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, suspending the execution of Charles Carpenter, to be executed tomorrow for desertion.

With a countenance whose inscrutability alone was a threat, Victor took out and conned the telegraph form.

Governor has further telegraphed to the other side of Volcano Bay desiring the authorities to give me the use of the Government kuruma as long as I need it, and to detain the steamer to suit my convenience!