Forget about the internet! Before even the telephone was invented, the telegraph — a device used to communicate via electronic signals — was the main mode of communicating long distance. We've come a long way!

The telegraph is an outdated form of communication as far as sending long-distance messages goes. It uses an electric signal broken to create a code that then transmits over a wire and translates into a message. Alexander Graham Bell started tinkering with the telegraph and ended up inventing the first "harmonic telegraph" to transmit sound through a wire — which led to the birth of the modern telephone.

Definitions of telegraph

n apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire (usually in Morse code)

Type of:
apparatus, setup
equipment designed to serve a specific function

v send cables, wires, or telegrams

cable, wire
Type of:
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail

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