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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Telegraph  \Tel"e*graph\,  n.  [Gr.  ?  far  far  off  (cf.  Lith.  toli) 
  +  -graph:  cf  F.  t['e]l['e]graphe.  See  {Graphic}.] 
  An  apparatus,  or  a  process,  for  communicating  intelligence 
  rapidly  between  distant  points,  especially  by  means  of 
  preconcerted  visible  or  audible  signals  representing  words  or 
  ideas,  or  by  means  of  words  and  signs,  transmitted  by 
  electrical  action 
  Note:  The  instruments  used  are  classed  as  indicator, 
  type-printing,  symbol-printing,  or  chemical-printing 
  telegraphs,  according  as  the  intelligence  is  given  by 
  the  movements  of  a  pointer  or  indicator,  as  in  Cooke  & 
  Wheatstone's  (the  form  commonly  used  in  England),  or  by 
  impressing,  on  a  fillet  of  paper,  letters  from  types, 
  as  in  House's  and  Hughe's,  or  dots  and  marks  from  a 
  sharp  point  moved  by  a  magnet,  as  in  Morse's,  or 
  symbols  produced  by  electro-chemical  action  as  in 
  Bain's.  In  the  offices  in  the  United  States  the 
  recording  instrument  is  now  little  used  the  receiving 
  operator  reading  by  ear  the  combinations  of  long  and 
  short  intervals  of  sound  produced  by  the  armature  of  an 
  electro-magnet  as  it  is  put  in  motion  by  the  opening 
  and  breaking  of  the  circuit,  which  motion,  in 
  registering  instruments,  traces  upon  a  ribbon  of  paper 
  the  lines  and  dots  used  to  represent  the  letters  of  the 
  alphabet.  See  Illustration  in  Appendix. 
  {Acoustic  telegraph}.  See  under  {Acoustic}. 
  {Dial  telegraph},  a  telegraph  in  which  letters  of  the 
  alphabet  and  numbers  or  other  symbols  are  placed  upon  the 
  border  of  a  circular  dial  plate  at  each  station,  the 
  apparatus  being  so  arranged  that  the  needle  or  index  of 
  the  dial  at  the  receiving  station  accurately  copies  the 
  movements  of  that  at  the  sending  station. 
  {Electric  telegraph},  or  {Electro-magnetic  telegraph},  a 
  telegraph  in  which  an  operator  at  one  station  causes  words 
  or  signs  to  be  made  at  another  by  means  of  a  current  of 
  electricity,  generated  by  a  battery  and  transmitted  over 
  an  intervening  wire. 
  {Facsimile  telegraph}.  See  under  {Facsimile}. 
  {Indicator  telegraph}.  See  under  {Indicator}. 
  {Pan-telegraph},  an  electric  telegraph  by  means  of  which  a 
  drawing  or  writing,  as  an  autographic  message,  may  be 
  exactly  reproduced  at  a  distant  station. 
  {Printing  telegraph},  an  electric  telegraph  which 
  automatically  prints  the  message  as  it  is  received  at  a 
  distant  station,  in  letters,  not  signs. 
  {Signal  telegraph},  a  telegraph  in  which  preconcerted 
  signals,  made  by  a  machine,  or  otherwise,  at  one  station, 
  are  seen  or  heard  and  interpreted  at  another;  a  semaphore. 
  {Submarine  telegraph  cable},  a  telegraph  cable  laid  under 
  water  to  connect  stations  separated  by  a  body  of  water. 
  {Telegraph  cable},  a  telegraphic  cable  consisting  of  several 
  conducting  wires,  inclosed  by  an  insulating  and  protecting 
  material,  so  as  to  bring  the  wires  into  compact  compass 
  for  use  on  poles,  or  to  form  a  strong  cable  impervious  to 
  water,  to  be  laid  under  ground,  as  in  a  town  or  city,  or 
  under  water,  as  in  the  ocean. 
  {Telegraph  plant}  (Bot.),  a  leguminous  plant  ({Desmodium 
  gyrans})  native  of  the  East  Indies.  The  leaflets  move  up 
  and  down  like  the  signals  of  a  semaphore. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Telegraph  \Tel"e*graph\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Telegraphed};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Telegraphing}.]  [F.  t['e]l['e]graphier.] 
  To  convey  or  announce  by  telegraph. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  apparatus  used  to  communicate  at  a  distance  over  a  wire 
  (usually  in  Morse  code)  [syn:  {telegraphy}] 
  v  :  send  cables,  wires,  or  telegrams  [syn:  {cable},  {wire}] 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Telegraph,  TX 
  Zip  code(s):  76883 

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