tele·​type·​writ·​er ˌte-lə-ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce teletypewriter (audio)
: teletype sense 1
abbreviation TTY

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The teletypewriter process is burdensome, especially if both parties don’t have access to one, Robertson said. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 20 Sep. 2019 For example, a deaf inmate trying to talk with a deaf person outside must first type a message into the teletypewriter. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 20 Sep. 2019 Baudot’s teletype machine, also called a teletypewriter, used a five-key keyboard, write Froehlich and Kent. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 11 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teletypewriter was in 1903

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“Teletypewriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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