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[tel-i-graf-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈgræf ɪk/
of or relating to the telegraph.
concise, clipped, or elliptical in style:
telegraphic speech.
Origin of telegraphic
1785-95; telegraph + -ic
Related forms
telegraphically, adverb
nontelegraphic, adjective
pretelegraphic, adjective Unabridged
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  • A telegraphic despatch was put in his hands, sent through the United States.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • Evidently the desire to hold her niece in her arms had been for telegraphic purposes only.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • There were places where a circus-man could have jumped across it with all his pockets full of telegraphic messages.

    What Might Have Been Expected Frank R. Stockton
  • An orderly brought in a telegraphic dispatch and handed it to him.

  • He telegraphed to the solicitor and sent a telegraphic remittance of the heavy fees demanded for the special license.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • I suppose you have not heard the telegraphic reports from Washington, this morning?

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • The idea of telegraphic communication is more than two and a half centuries old.

  • telegraphic communication had been stopped, and they had had no news of him.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for telegraphic


used in or transmitted by telegraphy
of or relating to a telegraph
having a concise style; clipped: telegraphic speech
Derived Forms
telegraphically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for telegraphic

1794, originally of semaphor, etc.; from telegraph + -ic. Electric telegraph sense is from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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