Telegraph

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Obama said, through laughter, according to an eyewitness report of the meeting in The telegraph.

Mr Obama said, through laughter, according to an eyewitness report of the meeting in The telegraph.

The telegraph reports that he is fluent in Swahili and a keen zoologist.

“Unlike Turkey or Egypt, we have no art-historical tradition,” he told The telegraph in 2002.

“In the long term, I am more worried about biology,” he told The telegraph.

They have seen the telegraph line, as can be seen by signs they make, but they cannot speak English.

«Write, telegraph—pray let me know somehow,» answered Hardy.

As far away from post offices and telegraph offices as possible.

The young man looked at the world from a telegraph point of view.

Yates, as he lay on the ground, wrote rapidly on the telegraph blank.

  1. a device, system, or process by which information can be transmitted over a distance, esp using radio signals or coded electrical signals sent along a transmission line connected to a transmitting and a receiving instrument
  2. ( as modifier ): telegraph pole

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1794, «semaphor apparatus» (hence the Telegraph Hill in many cities), literally «that which writes at a distance,» from French télégraphe , from télé- «far» (from Greek tele- , see tele-) + -graphe (see -graphy). The signaling device had been invented in France in 1791 by the brothers Chappe, who had called it tachygraphe , literally «that which writes fast,» but the better name was suggested to them by French diplomat Comte André-François Miot de Mélito (1762-1841). First applied 1797 to an experimental electric telegraph (designed by Dr. Don Francisco Salva at Barcelona), the practical version was developed 1830s by Samuel Morse.

1805, from telegraph (n.). Figurative meaning «to signal one’s intentions» is first attested 1925, originally in boxing. Related: Telegraphed , telegraphing .

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