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 Players wrote their moves on a teletype, a typewriter electronically connected to the computer, which both printed the moves on paper and sent them to the computer. Noah Wardrip-fruin, The Conversation, 29 Nov. 2021 Back then, mainframe computers were so expensive, most companies could afford only one, and employees communicated with it via clunky teletype. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Nov. 2021 With that identification, detectives put together a teletype announcing the prosecutor’s office’s recovery of body parts. Elon Green, Vulture, 24 Feb. 2021 The Senate took an emergency five-minute recess as the UPI ticker and AP teletype in the Senate lobby kept up a drumbeat of bad news from Dallas. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 10 Apr. 2021 A half dozen New Jersey state troopers, in response to the July 31 teletype, filed into the squad room. Elon Green, Vulture, 24 Feb. 2021 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, 21 June 2020 CuriousMarc, has turned a 1930s teletype machine into a Linux terminal. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 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, 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of teletype

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teletype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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