• WordNet 3.6
    • n telegrapher someone who transmits messages by telegraph
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Additional illustrations & photos:

One of them horrid telegraph things One of them horrid telegraph things
Printing telegraph Printing telegraph
Telegraph and Railroad Telegraph and Railroad
The First Telegraphic Instrument, as Exhibited in 1837 by Morse The First Telegraphic Instrument, as Exhibited in 1837 by Morse
Diagram showing the Method of Telegraphing from a Moving Train by Induction Diagram showing the Method of Telegraphing from a Moving Train by Induction

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Samual Morse, who invented the telegraph, was originally a portrait painter and didn't give up painting to turn to inventing until he was 46 years old.
    • n Telegrapher One who sends telegraphic messages; a telegraphic operator; a telegraphist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1977, according to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, there were 14.5 telephone calls made for every 100 people in the entire world.
    • n telegrapher One who is skilled in telegraphy; one whose occupation is the sending of telegraphic messages, especially by the electric telegraph; a telegraph-operator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The telegraph plant of Asia has leaves that flutter constantly, even when there is no breeze.
    • Telegrapher one who works a telegraph
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.”


Hear something on the jungle telegraph - (UK) If you hear something on the jungle telegraph, you pick up some information or informal gossip from someone who shares some common interest. ('Bush telegraph' is also used.)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tēle at a distance, graphein to write.


In literature:

It may be doubted if any other army in the world ever constructed and maintained a permanent telegraph line under such arduous conditions.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Six weeks later Frank Kavanagh, through the influence of his patron, found himself in the uniform of a District Telegraph Messenger.
"The Telegraph Boy" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
The usual story says that Fowler was hanged to a telegraph pole in town.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Telephone and telegraph operators are among the employees.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Having just this one room for telegraph office and bedroom and everything crowds me up awful.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
He went to the telegraph-office, wrote and filed his despatch, and then, lighting a cigar, strolled slowly through the streets.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Hoggy's chum in the telegraph office simply laid himself out on that telegram.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
But she declined to do so, saying she wanted to know what I was going to telegraph; and he left us, for which I wasn't sorry.
"The Great K. & A. Robbery" by Paul Liechester Ford
We correspondents had to wink both eyes in much of our telegraphic news from the front, for military reasons.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh

In poetry:

Bold Cyrus Field he said, says he,
I have a pretty notion
That I can run a telegraph
Across the Atlantic Ocean.
"How Cyrus Laid the Cable" by John Godfrey Saxe
And hail to thy Telegraph, thy glory and prime,
Defying all distance, and outstripping Time,
Extending its arms through the heart of the sea
And binding all Realms to the Land of the Free;
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Then came the crisis, strange to say,
Which turned a good wife to a better.
A telegraphic peon, one day,
Brought her — now, had it been a letter
For Belial Machiavelli, I
Know Jane would just have let it lie.
"The Mare's Nest" by Rudyard Kipling
In telegraphic sentences half nodded to their friends,
They hint a matter's inwardness—and there the matter ends.
And while the Celt is talking from Valencia to Kirkwall,
The English—ah, the English!—don't say anything at all.
"The Puzzler" by Rudyard Kipling
Across the travelling landscape evenly drooped and lifted
The telegraph wires, thick ropes of snow in the windless air;
They drooped and paused and lifted again to unseen summits,
Drawing the eyes and soothing them, often, to a drowsy stare.
"Late Snow" by John Collings Squire
Like when his wife's own mother died 'fore Sifers could be found,
And all the neighbors far and wide a' all jes' chasin' round;
Tel finally--I had to laugh--it's jes' like Doc, you know,--
Was learnin' far to telegraph, down at the old deepo.
"Doc Sifers" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

'I am very lucky with Brad,' Angie said in an interview with The Telegraph.
Bridget Jones, Special to The Telegraph.
Michael Chabon's path to 'Telegraph Avenue.
A group of companies down under is taking drastic new steps to try to combat bullying in high schools, the Telegraph says.
Topical and political cartoons from Belfast Telegraph.
FSA Says Banks Pre-Crisis Conduct ' Unethical ', Telegraph Reports.
Bamfield's former telegraph building played a crucial role in keeping London in touch with the far reaches of the British Empire.
According London's Telegraph newspaper, woolly mammoth s could be walking the Earth as soon as five years from now.
Images from the Belfast Telegraph archives.
The 1940s , images from the Belfast Telegraph's picture archives.
Photo courtesy of The Telegraph.
(MCT) — The following editorial appeared in the Alton Telegraph Wednesday, Nov 7.
Nashua Telegraph photo by William Wrobel.
Jason Lee, Reuters Files, Daily Telegraph.
Businesses were burglarized in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue and the 2800 block of Telegraph Avenue.

In science:

We assume J = 1 and ∆ω (t) = ν h(t) and h(t) is a random telegraph process h(t) = 1 or h(t) = −1.
Photon Counting Statistics for Single Molecule Spectroscopy
Spectral and localization properties have been studied in detail when φ(x) is a white noise [176, 157, 41, 42] and also when φ(x) has a finite correlation length as in a random telegraph process (this last case has found some application in the context of spin Peierls chains).
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
We focus on the relevant situations of decoherence due to random telegraph noise and to a fully quantum bosonic bath, respectively.
Dynamical control of qubit coherence: Random versus deterministic schemes
We shall in fact consider a semirandom telegraph noise, that is, we assume that the fluctuator initial state is always +v/2.
Dynamical control of qubit coherence: Random versus deterministic schemes
In this Section we show that the limit of a telegraph– like noise with small intensity in the stochastic partial differential equation (6a) for the ”height” function h(x, t) has LIS statistics.
Longest increasing subsequence as expectation of a simple nonlinear stochastic PDE with a low noise intensity