teletype

noun
tele·​type | \ ˈte-lə-ˌtīp How to pronounce teletype (audio) \

Definition of teletype

1 or less commonly Teletype : a printing device resembling a typewriter that is used to send and receive telephonic signals formerly a U.S. registered trademark

called also teletypewriter

2 : a message sent by a teletype machine

Examples of teletype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1943 Bell Labs discovered that a teletype machine would cause a nearby oscilloscope's readings to move every time someone typed on it. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Side Channel Attack?," 21 June 2020 CuriousMarc, has turned a 1930s teletype machine into a Linux terminal. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How a Hardware Genius Turned a 1930s Teletype Into a Linux Terminal," 28 Apr. 2020 Those Americans who hid in the room during the takeover rendered the equipment inoperable, removing and destroying individual components of the telexes — teletype machines that could transmit messages over phone lines to the rest of the world. Washington Post, "Frozen in time, US Embassy a monument to Iran hostage crisis," 1 Nov. 2019 Those Americans who hid in the room during the takeover rendered the equipment inoperable, removing and destroying individual components of the telexes — teletype machines that could transmit messages over phone lines to the rest of the world. Washington Post, "Frozen in time, US Embassy a monument to Iran hostage crisis," 1 Nov. 2019 The officer verified the warrant through the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications’ teletype section, which is responsible for checking on all warrants with originating agencies, police said. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Fairfax County officer suspended for turning driver over to ICE after accident, police say," 1 Oct. 2019 Those Americans who hid in the room during the takeover rendered the equipment inoperable, removing and destroying individual components of the telexes — teletype machines that could transmit messages over phone lines to the rest of the world. Washington Post, "Frozen in time, US Embassy a monument to Iran hostage crisis," 1 Nov. 2019 At that time, broadcasts of away games were based in the Brooklyn studio, via teletype communication with the actual game site. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 26 Sep. 2019 Some used teletype machines— the mechanical descendants of telegraph operators—as a way to transmit or print out information. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of teletype

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teletype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teletype. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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