（Architecture.) Male figures serving as columns or pilasters.
Somewhat similar are Atlantes, Persians, Caryatides, etc.
In a general sense, the word telegraph includes all modes of communicating intelligence to a distance.
The modes may be classified as, —
1. Of the first are:—
a. Semaphores; moving or posturing arms (Chappe's; Pasley's; Popham's).
b. Arrangement of disks, triangles (Edgeworth's), lanterns, arbitrary characters (Hook's).
c. Waving flags or torches (Polybius) by day or night.
d. Various flags disposed on signal halyards (Marine Code).
e. Colored lights.
f. Rockets varying in number or variety.
g. Intermittent flashes of light, from a mirror (heliotrope), or a lantern.
h. Puffs of smoke, according to a code.
i. A moving pointer acting by electric impulse (Wheatstone and Cooke's telegraph).
j. An adjustable column of liquid (Percival's hy