Teletype Definition

tĕlĭ-tīp
noun
A former kind of telegraphic apparatus that printed messages typed on the keyboard of the transmitter.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary

Early input/output device for mainframe computer.

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verb

(intransitive) To operate a teleprinter.

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To send a message via teleprinter.
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other
A trademark for a teletypewriter.
American Heritage

From the Greek tele, meaning far off, and typos, meaning mark, and translating literally as markfar off. A printing telegraph system that replaced the sending key with a typewriter-like keyboard and the receiving sounder with a teleprinter. Western Union introduced teletypewriter service in 1923 so that companies could link branches and even join other companies in private text messaging over leased privateline networks.Teletype service was heavily used by banks, telephone companies, electric utilities, and others into the early 1970s. Teletypewriter (TTY) service, also known as Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) in the United States, textphone in Europe, and minicom in the United Kingdom, is heavily used by those with hearing or speech impairments.The teletype was based on the Baudot Distributor, an automatic telegraph system that involved pairs of synchronized electromechanical machines. Both the Baudot Distributor and the teletype used the five-bit Baudot coding scheme. See also Baudot code, telegraph, and telex.

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Other Word Forms of Teletype

Noun

Singular:
Teletype
Plural:
teletypes

Origin of Teletype

  • From Teletype, an early make of teleprinter

    From Wiktionary

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