A telegram is a message sent by a telegraph, which is also called a wire.

Over time, there have been many means of communicating, such as messenger pigeon, telephone, text message, letter, and email. Another is the telegram, which is a message sent by a telegraph. People often said a telegram was sent "by wire" because the sender and receiver of telegrams were connected by a wire. The electric telegraph has been around since the late 1800's. In the Civil War, important information was sent by telegram, which was the speediest means of communication.

Definitions of telegram

n a message transmitted by telegraph

cable, cablegram, overseas telegram
a telegram sent abroad
letter telegram
a cheaper form of telegram that is sent abroad for delivery the next day
night letter
a cheaper form of telegram sent for delivery the next day
Type of:
a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled

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