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

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As Mercury capsules flew around Earth, controllers in Florida could communicate with remote monitoring sites in far-away places like Zanzibar—but only with a few words at a time, sent via teletype. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 1: How the Apollo fire propelled NASA to the Moon," 16 July 2019 At first, the fun of being at a newspaper, where I was hired as a clerical worker, was knowing stuff ahead of everyone else, as news bulletins lurching forth from the teletype machine pretty much set the tone and the pace of the day. Leah Garchik,, "Having located the Exit sign, I am proceeding to the exit," 20 June 2019 The center is now filled with war-era uniforms, pictures and other items, including the teletype machine that Parker says printed out the notices when the boys were killed. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Virginia town remembers the high price paid on D-Day," 20 May 2019 His elementary school had a teletype machine that was connected to a mainframe computer. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Jeff Bezos opens up about his childhood—and ignores Miami | Miami Herald," 2 May 2018 That morning, newsrooms across the United States erupted with the ringing of bells on teletype machines. Roger Showley,, ""A Faithful Mirror": The San Diego Union-Tribune's first 150 years," 15 Apr. 2018 News flowed slowly before the internet age; teletype machines clacked out stories at 66 words per minute. Jay Reeves, Fox News, "AP was there: Journalists recall covering MLK assassination," 5 Apr. 2018 News flowed slowly before the internet age; teletype machines clacked out stories at 66 words per minute. Washington Post, "AP was there: Journalists recall covering MLK assassination," 4 Apr. 2018 Very little has changed inside the LCC since the Kennedy administration: Digital screens have replaced paper teletype machines, and servers in the ranch house above provide the capsule crews Internet access as well as Direct TV for slow shifts. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Airmen Who Watch Over America's Nukes—And Await the Unthinkable," 23 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of teletype

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of teletype was in 1890

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