Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • intransitive verb To transmit (a message) by telegraph.
  • intransitive verb To send or convey a message to (a recipient) by telegraph.
  • intransitive verb To make known (a feeling or an attitude, for example) by nonverbal means.
  • intransitive verb To make known (an intended action, for example) in advance or unintentionally.
  • intransitive verb To send or transmit a telegram.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In cricket, the score-board upon which numbers indicating the progress of the game are displayed.
  • noun In ship-building, an apparatus for transmitting and receiving orders mechanically.
  • noun A chute or trough, usually of sheet-steel, by which coal or ore or refuse is carried by gravity from screens or other dressing machinery to the desired point of disposal.
  • To transmit or convey, as a communication, speech, intelligence, or order, by a semaphore or telegraph, especially by the electric telegraph.
  • To send a message by telegraph.
  • To signal; communicate by signs.
  • noun An apparatus for transmitting intelligible messages to a distance.
  • noun An electric telegraph of the needle or pointer class.
  • noun A system of transmission for signals in which a bell is sounded and a pointer caused to indicate a message by the compression of air in a reservoir at one end of a long tube, the compression being transmitted to the opposite end of the tube. This system is used in hotels, manufactories, etc., and to transmit steering and steaming directions on shipboard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To convey or announce by telegraph.
  • noun 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.
  • noun See under Acoustic.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun See under Facsimile.
  • noun See under Indicator.
  • noun an electric telegraph by means of which a drawing or writing, as an autographic message, may be exactly reproduced at a distant station.
  • noun an electric telegraph which automatically prints the message as it is received at a distant station, in letters, not signs.
  • noun 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.
  • noun a telegraph cable laid under water to connect stations separated by a body of water.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical An apparatus, or a process, for communicating 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.
  • verb To send a message by telegraph
  • verb To give nonverbal signals to another, as with gestures or a change in attitude.
  • verb To show one's intended action unintentionally.

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

  • verb send cables, wires, or telegrams
  • noun apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire (usually in Morse code)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French télégraphe.

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  • "What hath God wrought?": The first electronic message, telegraphed by Samuel F.B. Morse in May 1844 from Washington to Baltimore.

    October 24, 2007

  • prior to electroniic communications, telegraphs were visual and indicated with flags and signs.

    http://books.google.ca/books?id=hGcpAAAAYAAJ United States Telegraph Vocabulary - lists the flags which convert to numeric codes, which are then looked up in the book.

    October 24, 2013