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Meaning of TELEGRAPH

Pronunciation:  'telu`graf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire (usually in Morse code)
  2. [v]  send cables, wires, or telegrams

TELEGRAPH is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: cable, telegraphy, wire
 See Also: apparatus, setup, telecommunicate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    {Telegraph plant} (Bot.), a leguminous plant ({Desmodium
       gyrans}) native of the East Indies. The leaflets move up
       and down like the signals of a semaphore.
  2. \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.