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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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  • Beside them, an unhooded Western Union Teletype bell began to ring insistently.

    The Cry at Midnight Mildred A. Wirt
  • Frank turned toward the window where he had left the bundle of Teletype clips.

    Deadly City Paul W. Fairman
  • Penny could not understand why the hotel would have need for Teletype machine service.

    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
  • However, the Teletype attendant seemed to have no suspicion that anyone might be hiding there.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • “Here are the Teletype machines,” Penny indicated, pausing beside them.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • “And Teletype communication is maintained just as it is on a real railroad,” added Penny.

    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
  • They watched as the Confederation report came clacking off the Teletype, and they stared at it unbelieving.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • 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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