• WordNet 3.6
    • n telegram a message transmitted by telegraph
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Telegram A message sent by telegraph; a telegraphic dispatch.☞ “A friend desires us to give notice that he will ask leave, at some convenient time, to introduce a new word into the vocabulary. It is telegram, instead of telegraphic dispatch, or telegraphic communication.” Albany [N. Y.] Evening Journal (April 6, 1852).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n telegram A communication sent by telegraph: a telegraphic message or despatch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Telegram tel′e-gram a message sent by telegraph
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  • Anton Chekhov
    Anton Chekhov
    “When an actor has money, he doesn't send letters, but telegrams.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. far + -gram,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tēle, at a distance, gramma, that which is written—graphein, to write.


In literature:

And I'll send the telegram while I am down there.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
The nurse got a telegram.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
A telegram was sent to Mr. Lyne asking him to come to my flat?
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
We've just been down to the post-office to send off a telegram, haven't we, George?
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Here is a telegram from Gloria which came this morning.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
Didn't you get my telegram?
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
Have only received one telegram from you.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
On Friday of the week before he got a telegram announcing his appointment to a government position.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Vyner took the telegram for me, and was to call at the police station on his way back.
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
The telegram restored Mudge's faith in Symes, revived his waning enthusiasm and courage.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart

In poetry:

The colored tents all topple in the bay;
The magic saw dust writes: address unknown.
The telegram says you have gone away;
There is nothing more for me to say.
"Denouement Villanelle" by Sylvia Plath
Around the corner, yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
"Around The Corner" by Charles Hanson Towne
Dreading the answer from her burning bush:
This unconsuming flame, the outlaw's blow,
Plague, exodus, Sinai, ruptured stones that gush,
God's telegram: Dare Now! Let this people go!
"Morning Coffee " by A D Hope
But 'twas a telegram instead,
Marked "urgent," and her duty plain
To open it. Jane Austen read:
"Your Lilly's got a cough again.
Can't understand why she is kept
At your expense." Jane Austen wept.
"The Mare's Nest" by Rudyard Kipling
"Inside of twenty-four hours, the telegram said,
And, oh! Mr Allan, he's dead, I am afraid.
Where is my brave Bennie now to me is a mystery."
"We will hope with his heavenly Father," said Mr Allen, soothingly.
"A Soldier's Reprieve" by William Topaz McGonagall
Yes, that's the hardest hand at all upon my frosted head-
That telegram that brought the news that Father Pat is dead-
I cannot grip its message yet; we were such cronies, that
The world is not a world to-night without poor Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien

In news:

Scott Wasser has been named by MaineToday Media publisher Richard Connor as the new executive editor of the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, according to sources at the Press Herald.
Becky Malewitz/Telegram Estrella Reyes, 9, helps her younger sister, Natalie Reyes, 6, with her math homework Thursday.
Weller, who rode his Raleigh bike all over Toronto delivering telegrams after school and on weekends, was listening to the 1964 game on his transistor radio at the CN office on Front St when a teletype machine rang.
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While most newspapers are offering their endorsements this election season to President Obama and Mitt Romney, the Adrian Daily Telegram took its own path Sunday.
Princeton accident victim from Fitchburg was to wed. By Paula Owen TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF.
It's an annual tradition: Every year on the open­ing day of firearm deer season, we invite hunters to bring their kills to the Telegram's office to be photographed.
(Part I here, based off of Thomas Boghardt's new work on the Zimmermann Telegram).
Before becoming a radio star, he worked at the Toronto Telegram and The Canadian Press, joining the Toronto Star in the 1950s.
A complete obituary will appear in the Sunday edition of the Telegram.
Niagara Falls goes hydroelectric …and the first singing telegram .
Telegram From George Wallace to Kennedy, 1963.
Great Comment from Worceter Telegram Online.
Check Norton Telegram out on Facebook.
The telegram 's demise was announced on the Internet.

In science:

The IAU’s Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, the IAU Circulars and The Astronomer’s Telegram are commonly used to disseminate information.
CfA3: 185 Type Ia Supernova Light Curves from the CfA
In this 1999 discovery telegram (IAU 7312), one can easily check from the event coordinates that several supernovae were found on average in the same telescope pointing.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
The day after, the director of the Institute of Physics at the University of Naples, Antonio Carrelli, received a mysterious telegram from Palermo and, then, a letter by Ma jorana, where he wrote that he had abandoned his initial suicidal intentions and decided to return to Naples.
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
It was there that he wrote a telegram and a letter to Carrelli pointing out a change of mind about his decisions.
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
Marsden, B.G., and Williams, G.V. 1992, The Catalogue of Cometary Orbits, 7th edition, IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.
Do Observations Exclude Gamma-ray Bursts Originating In the Oort Cloud Of Comets?