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telegraph (plural telegraphs)
- (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.
- 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794, page 01:
- The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He […] played a lone hand, […]. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
apparatus, or a process, for communicating
- To send a message by telegraph
- To give nonverbal signals to another, as with gestures or a change in attitude.
- Her frown telegraphed her displeasure.
- To show one's intended action unintentionally.
to send a message by telegraph