tele·​print·​er ˈte-lə-ˌprin-tər How to pronounce teleprinter (audio)
: a device capable of producing hard copy from signals received over a communications circuit
especially : teletypewriter

Examples of teleprinter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, the Wrens received training in binary math, the teleprinter alphabet, and how to read machine punch tapes. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Dec. 2019 Over the telegram The news came not over the teleprinter but in a bland government document posted online: Western Union is laying off 169 employees and essentially shuttering its San Francisco office, the home of WU Digital. Owen Thomas,, 28 Aug. 2019 What most people don't know is that the classic game, which dates back to the 1970s and was originally played on pre-screen teleprinter, was thought up by three public school teachers trying to make learning about American history more fun. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teleprinter was in 1911

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“Teleprinter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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tele·​print·​er ˈtel-ə-ˌprint-ər How to pronounce teleprinter (audio)
: a device that produces hard copy from signals received over a communications circuit
especially : teletypewriter

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