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Morse code


It’s probing, the fingertips starting to tap out a Morse code of urgency.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  a code in which letters and numbers are represented by strings of short and long signals such as dots and dashes
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Originally used for telegraph messages and still in specialized uses today where a non-computer assisted code is desired. Perhaps the most innovative use of Morse code is when an American prisoner in the Vietnam War was forced to give a delayed-broadcast television interview. Unknown to his captors, while talking, he blinked his eyes in Morse code to spell out the word "T-O-R-T-U-R-E" and other messages.
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  • It’s probing, the fingertips starting to tap out a Morse code of urgency.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • She could read his heartbeat like it was Morse code.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "Nobody uses Morse code anymore," said Kate.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Morse Code?
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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  • No squelch, no snap of Morse code, no voices.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Annabeth, you know Morse code?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Her pencil tapped against her notebook at Morse code—speed and her face was burning red.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • She taps me three times on the forehead with her fingers, like it’s some kind of Morse code message.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • When words couldn’t be used, Morse code could.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • She’d even taught him Morse code as a kind of game, so they could tap messages to each other when they were in different rooms: I love you.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero

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  • They’d play games with each other, waving the rear windshield wiper like a dog wags its tail, flashing headlights in Morse code.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • He walked briskly, in a Morse code pattern of short dashes and brief stops, with a manner of faint irritation, as if conscious of the number of people whom his displeasure might worry.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Lotario Thugut taught him the Morse code and the workings of the telegraph system, and after only a few lessons on the violin Florentino Ariza could play by ear like a professional.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Some sort of Morse code with his eyes, maybe.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • As if this were not enigmatic enough, positioned carefully in the area around the encrypted S-wall were numerous other sculptural elements—granite slabs at odd angles, a compass rose, a magnetic lodestone, and even a message in Morse code that referenced "lucid memory" and "shadow forces."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • If you come again I shall teach you the Morse code.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He still remembered the Morse code.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • You’d think a guy who could start up an outfit of that size and run it—you’d think he’d know Morse code.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • I squeezed his fingers, a Morse code to convey what was in my heart.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • His teeth chattered like Morse code.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • In other news, I’m learning Morse code.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • He was using Morse code, just like Leo’s mother used to do with him . and the old man was tapping the same message: I love you.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • He realized he was doing the Morse code for Hove you, the way he used to do with his mom, which would have been pretty embarrassing if his friends understood Morse code.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • He also taught us the things that were really important and useful, like how to tap out Morse code and how we should never eat the liver of a polar bear because all the vitamin A in it could kill us.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Marriage and Morse Code .
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • When the play finishes she lets me fiddle with the knob on the radio and I roam the dial for distant sounds on the shortwave band, strange whispering and hissing, the whoosh of the ocean coming and going and the Morse Code dit dit dit dot.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • And that voice too we could hear in our bedroom, transmitting from beyond and behind the voices of the adults in the kitchen; just as we could often hear, behind and beyond every voice, the frantic, piercing signalling of morse code.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • One way to understand what Gottman is saying about marriages is to use the analogy of what people in the world of Morse code call a fist.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Thank God I don’t know Morse code.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • If he did wander the shop, they could always keep in touch with Morse code taps.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Morse code is made up of dots and dashes, each of which has its own prescribed length.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He realized he was doing the Morse code for Hove you, the way he used to do with his mom, which would have been pretty embarrassing if his friends understood Morse code.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • "But we leave tomorrow, and we don’t even know Morse code!"
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Morse code is like speech.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Okay, fine, George Washington, you can teach me that stinky Morse code.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • When the children had studied Morse code until dots and dashes swam in their heads even with their eyes closed, Rhonda called them inside.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Afterward Reynie and Kate went into the sitting room to practice their Morse code.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The children could send their Morse code messages from this very window.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The other thing about a fist is that it reveals itself in even the smallest sample of Morse code.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Predicting divorce, like tracking Morse Code operators, is pattern recognition.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "Now that you understand your mission and have a good start on your Morse code, Mr. Benedict would like for you to understand better what we’re up against."
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Morse code!
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • They simply end up sounding distinctive, because some part of their personality appears to express itself automatically and unconsciously in the way they work the Morse code keys.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • It was suggested the children study Morse code in the dining room, but the afternoon was so beautiful, and the shady courtyard so inviting, they begged to pack lunches and study outside.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Phoebe tapped on them with the butt of her knife—a complicated series of knocks like Morse code.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Spell message in Morse code with rocks, include things attempted.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • He was using Morse code—just like Leo’s mom had taught him years ago.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I spelled out a Morse code message using rocks.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • He stood just inside the door trying to remember what the child had told him - the Morse code, her window: across the dead-white dusty yard the mosquito wire caught the sun.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • A couple of captives sat on other benches across the compound, hiding their hands from the guards’ view and gesturing to each other in Morse code—fists for dots and flat hands for dashes.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
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