from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872. American painter and inventor. A portraitist whose subjects included Lafayette, he refined (1838) and patented (1854) the telegraph and developed the telegraphic code that bears his name.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A surname, variant of Morris, from the given name Maurice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The walrus. See walrus.
  • n. A clasp for fastening garments in front.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To write or transmit in the Morse alphabet, as a telegram.
  • n. The walrus.
  • n. In heraldry, same as sea-lion.
  • n. The clasp or fastening of a cope and similar garments, generally made of metal, and set with jewels. Also called pectoral.
  • n. A telegram written in the Morse alphabet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States portrait painter who patented the telegraph and developed the Morse code (1791-1872)
  • n. a telegraph code in which letters and numbers are represented by strings of dots and dashes (short and long signals)


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