telegraphic (adj.) 1794, originally of semaphor, etc.; from TELEGRAPH (Cf. telegraph) + -IC (Cf. -ic). Electric telegraph sense is from 1823.

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  • telegraphic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or by telegraphs or telegrams. 2) (of language) omitting inessential words; concise. DERIVATIVES telegraphically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • telegraphic — [tel΄ə graf′ik] adj. 1. of or transmitted by telegraph 2. in the concise style of a telegram telegraphically adv …   English World dictionary

  • telegraphic — telegraphically, adv. /tel i graf ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the telegraph. 2. concise, clipped, or elliptical in style: telegraphic speech. [1785 95; TELEGRAPH + IC] * * * …   Universalium

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  • telegraphic — tel•e•graph•ic [[t]ˌtɛl ɪˈgræf ɪk[/t]] adj. 1) tgp of or pertaining to the telegraph 2) concise, clipped, or elliptical in style: telegraphic speech[/ex] • Etymology: 1785–95 tel e•graph′i•cal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • telegraphic — adj. 1 of or by telegraphs or telegrams. 2 economically worded. Phrases and idioms: telegraphic address an abbreviated or other registered address for use in telegrams. Derivatives: telegraphically adv …   Useful english dictionary

  • telegraphic — adjective Date: 1794 1. of or relating to the telegraph 2. concise, terse • telegraphically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • telegraphic — adjective a) of, or relating to the telegraph b) brief or concise, especially resembling a telegram with clipped syntax …   Wiktionary

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