Definition of telegraphic in US English:



  • 1Of or by telegraphs or telegrams.

    ‘the telegraphic transfer of the funds’
    • ‘Of all modern inventions connected with the transmission of telegraphic signals, the telephone, devised by Mr Alexander Graham Bell, has excited the most wide-spread interest and wonder.’
    • ‘While underwater telegraphic cables had been laid at the close of the previous century, this project represented the first ever privately initiated and financed transnational communications link of this size and scale.’
    • ‘By then, Morse had been experimenting with a telegraphic device for four years.’
    • ‘VAT was not paid on this money, which was used to pay staff salaries, or on charges made to clients for telegraphic transfer of documents, it is claimed.’
    • ‘If the customer orders that the money be transmitted by a telegraphic transfer or by telex, it is to be assumed that he requires the transaction to be carried out on the same day.’
    • ‘By the late 19th century, telegraphic signals sent over transoceanic cables enabled clocks to be synchronized worldwide with sufficient accuracy that one had to correct for the delay due to the transmission of the telegraphic signal.’
    • ‘The Press Association made agency news nationally available by providing a central telegraphic agency for the new provincial press.’
    • ‘The expansion of the press, the emergence of news agencies like Reuters, and the dramatic fall in the cost of telegraphic communication by the 1920s led to expanding communication between Fleet Street and India.’
    • ‘He said, however, that the shift in direct payments resulted in additional revenue on drafts and telegraphic transfers.’
    • ‘All of these developments accelerated growth when coupled to the steam and telegraphic evolutions, which in their turn spawned fresh management techniques and new methods of feeding the urban masses.’
    • ‘Then he sent £100,000 by telegraphic transfer to Austin.’
    • ‘This Release may be signed in whole or in counterparts and delivered in whole or in counterparts by facsimile or telegraphic transmission.’
    • ‘I am told that many of these early military telegraphic dispatches survive in the War Department collection of the U.S. National Archives.’
    • ‘A chart showing the details of the Morse code used for transmitting telegraphic messages, invented by Samuel Morse has also been displayed.’
    • ‘The first Morse telegraphic transmission was accomplished in 1844.’
    • ‘All payments under this pledge shall be made in United States Dollars by means of telegraphic transfer remittance to the mutually agreed bank account.’
    • ‘He recognised its importance as a link for bringing the Empire into direct telegraphic connexion for political, commercial, and strategic purposes.’
    • ‘So if you tell the story of time coordination as a pure history of ideas then Poincare's references to telegraphy and telegraphic longitude remain…’
    • ‘In other words, in writing on the typewriter, she was clever enough to be able to tap her keys in a pattern that is exactly like the Morse telegraphic code.’
    • ‘Every day the transmitter sent the telegraphic signal of the letter ‘S ‘while Marconi experimented with different antenna.’’
  • 2(especially of speech) omitting inessential words; concise.

    • ‘These one-word utterances that have meaning are holographic phrases, which are soon followed by short two-word sentences called telegraphic phrases.’
    • ‘The opening poem on Black Art, contains short, terse, telegraphic phrases that are reminiscent of a radio transmission’
    • ‘A number of the sermons in volume 22 demonstrate the briefer, more telegraphic sermon form that Edwards creates at this time to allow for presentations that could, when desired, be more flexible or extemporaneous.’
    • ‘My father and the other members of his foursome, when they spoke, did so in a telegraphic banter: They teased one another good-naturedly; they improvised nicknames.’
    • ‘The speech is often called telegraphic (nouns and action verbs only) and is flat, unmelodic, and distorted.’
    • ‘In the end we resorted to telegraphic, monosyllabic emails when we absolutely had to communicate with each other.’
    • ‘The text, written by Coates, is in telegraphic style but is loaded with easily accessible information, including recent observations.’
    • ‘His approach - supremely intuitive, electrified and telegraphic - seems much more interesting than my pedestrian scholarship.’
    • ‘Messages tend to be short, even telegraphic, and may omit grammatical bridges.’
    • ‘His tale is quintessentially a tale of a Bihar in transition, and he tells it very well - in short, crisp telegraphic sentences for most part of the time, with an endearing simplicity and candour.’
    • ‘His work has the telegraphic simplicity of aboriginal craft and generic morphologies, rather than the more digressive and particularized qualities of realistically mimetic images.’
    • ‘Also, the older children speak proficient English instead of the telegraphic dialect the Shimerdas use in the early chapters.’
    • ‘Nor is the book particularly well-suited to those without a solid grounding in England's economic history during the early modem period, since the text is occasionally vague and its arguments telegraphic.’
    • ‘He has also added a running paraphrase to each of the poem's twenty-four sections, making explicit much that the author's telegraphic style has compressed.’
    • ‘Pearls was the telegraphic code word for bed bugs!’