1. of or relating to or transmitted by telegraph
; - Example: "a telegraphic machine"- Example: "telegraphic news reports"
2. having the style of a telegram with many short words left out
; - Example: "telegraphic economy of words"- Example: "the strange telegraphic speech of some aphasics"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Telegraphic \Tel`e*graph"ic\, a. [Cf. F. t['e]l['e]graphique.]
1. Of or pertaining to the telegraph; made or communicated by
a telegraph; as, telegraphic signals; telegraphic art;
2. Having only the essential information; brief; concise;
terse; -- of communications, by analogy with the style of
telegrams, which are short to avoid unnecessary expense.
Note: a telegraphic communication should have enough
information to allow comprehension of the content,
though it may leave out normally included words. If so
much is left out that the communication becomes
difficult or impossible to understand, it may be called
cryptic. "Sighted sub. Sank same." is a telegraphic
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of or relating to or transmitted by telegraph; "a
telegraphic machine"; "telegraphic news reports"
2: having the style of a telegram with many short words left
out; "telegraphic economy of words"; "the strange telegraphic
speech of some aphasics"