Telex meaning

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A communications system consisting of teletypewriters connected to a telephonic network to send and receive signals.
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A message sent or received by such a system.
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To send (a message) by telex.
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A teletypewriter using a telephone dial to establish connections.
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To send (a message) by telex.
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(1) (TELetypewriter EXchange) An international, dial-up data communications service administered in the U.S. by AT&T, MCI and other providers. Developed in the U.S. and other European countries in the 1930s, it was the first data communications service that used typewriter-like terminals (teletypewriters). Prior to Telex, telegrams and cablegrams were the primary method for delivering a text message. By the 1960s, Telex became a worldwide, real-time, data communications service. Although diminishing each year, Telex is still used for commerce in more than 200 countries.Telex started out transmitting Baudot code at 50 bps. Although upgraded, it is still a low-speed data service. It was originally administered worldwide by various carriers and the local PTTs. Western Union handled the U.S., and in 1971, purchased and integrated the Bell System's TWX service. AT&T acquired Western Union's Telex service in 1991.
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Beginning in about 1910, telegraph companies began to use telex, a rotary dialing system for routing telegraph calls, much like that used in telephone networks.Telex initially ran at the amazing signaling speed of 45.5 bits per second (bps) and, later, at 50 bps, or 66 words per minute (wpm). At that signaling rate, one analog voice grade channel could support 24 or 25 telex transmissions through frequency division multiplexing (FDM). In 1958,Western Union introduced its Telex.
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A communications system consisting of a network of teletypewriters.
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A message sent through such a network.
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The machine used to send and receive such messages.
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To send (a message) by telex.
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A message sent in this way.
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Origin of telex

  • tel(etypewriter) ex(change)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition