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[tel-i-tahyp] /ˈtɛl ɪˌtaɪp/
a brand of teletypewriter.
(lowercase) a network of teletypewriters with their connecting lines, switchboards, etc.
verb (used with object), Teletyped, Teletyping.
(lowercase) to send by Teletype.
verb (used without object), Teletyped, Teletyping.
(lowercase) to operate a Teletype. Unabridged
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  • Frank turned toward the window where he had left the bundle of Teletype clips.

    Deadly City Paul W. Fairman
  • As she had suspected, there were two Teletype machines, neither of which was in operation.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • “Room 27 is given over to our Teletype service,” interrupted Maxwell.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • Although not as important today as it was before radio, telephone, and Teletype became common, the telegraph is still in use.

  • Charlie Fischer strolled in and glanced at the weather report coming in on the Teletype.

  • “Here are the Teletype machines,” Penny indicated, pausing beside them.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • She switched on the light, and turned on the current which controlled the Teletype machines.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • There was a little wait and then the return message came in over the other Teletype.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • The outside world could be reached or could come to them by 'phone, radio, Teletype, and facsimile reproduction.

    Take the Reason Prisoner John Joseph McGuire
  • The chatter of the Teletype interrupted him, and the editor turned to watch the tape as it came from the machine.

    The Hell Ship Raymond Alfred Palmer
British Dictionary definitions for Teletype


trademark a type of teleprinter
(sometimes not capital) a network of such devices, used for communicating messages, information, etc
(sometimes not capital) to transmit (a message) by Teletype
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Teletype



1904, trademark for a communications system of typewriters connected electronically, short for teletypewriter (1904), a form of telegraph in which the receiver prints messages like a typewriter, from tele- + typewriter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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