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Examples from the Web for teletype

Historical Examples of teletype

  • 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.

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
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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