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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or transmitted by telegraph.
  • adj. Brief or concise: a telegraphic style of writing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to the telegraph
  • adj. brief or concise, especially resembling a telegram with clipped syntax

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the telegraph; made or communicated by a telegraph
  • adj. having only the essential information; brief; concise; terse; -- of communications, by analogy with the style of telegrams, which are short to avoid unnecessary expense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the telegraph; made by a telegraph: used in telegraphing: as, telegraphic signals; telegraphic art.
  • Communicated or transmitted by a telegraph: as, telegraphic intelligence.

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

  • adj. having the style of a telegram with many short words left out
  • adj. of or relating to or transmitted by telegraph


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The town is in telegraphic communication with the rest of the Republic.

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  • For a considering moment he sought his words, then he gave them in short, telegraphic sentences:

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  • Electronic payments (also known as telegraphic transfers)

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  • What helped me most was, of course, Linnaeus's "telegraphic" style.

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  • Lately I have been writing journal entries in a kind of telegraphic shorthand either early in the morning or late at night, then getting up and driving for five or six hours, reading in public, going for drinks, and then collapsing.

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  • He quotes Lincoln's military dispatches to point up the address's "telegraphic" omission of the "ands" and "buts" conventionally linking related statements: even rhetorically, Lincoln looked ahead to a hard-driving technological future, not back to a slow-moving agrarian past.

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  • But although he did not approach us, he was ostentatious with a kind of telegraphic civility in the distance.

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