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

  • noun Communication by means of the telegraph.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art or practice of communicating intelligence by a telegraph; the science or art of constructing or managing telegraphs.

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

  • noun The science or art of constructing, or of communicating by means of, telegraphs.

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  • noun communication at a distance by means of the telegraph, either over wires or by wireless telegraphy, usually using Morse code
  • noun the apparatus and techniques used in such a system

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

  • noun apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire (usually in Morse code)
  • noun communicating at a distance by electric transmission over wire


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  • The expenditure in connection with wireless telegraphy is under the control of the Admiralty and included in its general budget.

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  • The idea of its founder was that it should teach not only the studies usually taught in college, but also other practical branches of education, such as telegraphy, type-setting, type-writing, book-keeping, and farming.

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