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telegraphic

[tel-i-graf-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈgræf ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the telegraph.
2.
concise, clipped, or elliptical in style:
telegraphic speech.
Origin of telegraphic
1785-1795
1785-95; telegraph + -ic
Related forms
telegraphically, adverb
nontelegraphic, adjective
pretelegraphic, adjective
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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

telegraphic

/ˌtɛlɪˈɡræfɪk/
adjective
1.
used in or transmitted by telegraphy
2.
of or relating to a telegraph
3.
having a concise style; clipped: telegraphic speech
Derived Forms
telegraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telegraphic
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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