Definition of telex in English:



mass noun
  • 1An international system of telegraphy with printed messages transmitted and received by teleprinters using the public telecommunications network.

    ‘networks can be set up to send and receive text by telex’
    as modifier ‘telex messages’
    • ‘The first of the telex exchanges which led to the London contract included in clause 8 provision that payment should be ‘without discount, withholding or setoff’.’
    • ‘The party invoking force majeur, shall give prompt notice to the other party by fax, telex followed by registered letter stating the kind of Force Majeure.’
    • ‘Since the notice here was tendered by telex, we do not know the form of the acceptance.’
    • ‘Then came telex, followed by the fax machine and now the Internet.’
    • ‘Signature is a typical form of authentication but there may be other avenues such as a PIN, a so-called electronic signature, tested telex, or SWIFT message.’
    • ‘It featured a high density of interaction, not least through the secure telex network.’
    • ‘The hotel's 24-hour business centre is on the lobby level and has photocopying, translation, fax, telex, computer word processing and courier services.’
    • ‘Thinking that he knew what was going on at the front - that the radio, teletype, and telex were giving him up-to-the-minute reports - Hitler would send detailed orders.’
    • ‘It will additionally support fax, telex, or EDI transmissions…’
    • ‘Traffic around the telex network had grown from an initial 2,000-3,000 telegrams a year to some 9,000 in 1989.’
    • ‘The race for news started to accelerate in the 60s and 70s when news providers started to disseminate information globally by telex.’
    • ‘And he couldn't receive information over the sat phone because he couldn't talk, so he communicated via telex and received instructions.’
    • ‘Telephone, telex, pager, and cellular phone services are available.’
    • ‘The decision was notified to Mr Smith in London, by telex dated 19th November, on the basis that it would be what was described as ‘a one time transaction’.’
    • ‘Transactions are generally concluded over the telephone and confirmed by telex or e-mail between buyers and sellers across whatever distance.’
    1. 1.1count noun A device used for telex.
      ‘I found it waiting on the telex in Mitch's office’
      • ‘Even today, most capital transfers are communicated through faxes or telex machines and authenticated with pen-and-ink signatures.’
      • ‘In a forgotten warehouse, 500 telex machines were discovered which had been bought by the previous Chilean government but left unused because nobody knew what to do with them.’
      • ‘Ancient telex machines lie defunct, the lobby floors often stink of petrol - used as a cheap detergent - and windows still have anti-bomb tape on them.’
      • ‘The telex machine in the plant's foreign trade office was buzzing with communications from companies in Europe, America and the Far East.’
      • ‘As late as the 1980s we were forced to return to Managua or Luanda or some other relatively peaceful place in order to reach a telex machine, a telephone line or a satellite dish.’
      • ‘We had to rely upon faxes and the old telex machine, and telephone calls at different times through different time zones.’
    2. 1.2count noun A message sent by telex.
      ‘I received your telex yesterday’
      • ‘The first day I couldn't get a telex because all the lines were down.’
      • ‘In the radio room, the Russian operator monitors the clatter of incoming telexes, faxes, weather forecasts and ice reports.’
      • ‘Six days after the crash, the company sent an emergency telex grounding all flights, but the families' solicitor asked if it should have been sent earlier.’
      • ‘The accused had based his conviction on a telex he had received in October 1944 from the Regional office of the Gestapo.’
      • ‘Finally, a telegraphic or telex message is not recorded, except by the sending and recipient banks.’
      • ‘An example is furnished by a telex dispatched by the originator's bank to its correspondent with a request that the funds be credited to the beneficiary's account with the beneficiary's bank.’
      • ‘The Court of Appeal concluded that the telex was effective on receipt as the plaintiffs had been told that it was the defendants ordinary practice to read such telexes immediately.’
      • ‘As early as the 1970s, electronic communication was developing, with the telex superseding the humble letter as the preferred means of placing business orders.’
      • ‘They were the days of letters, telexes, faxes and telegrams.’
      • ‘However, a telex from Stalin presenting Eisenstein as a traitor to Russia also weighed heavily on the project.’
      • ‘The telexes could be used to obtain intelligence about where scarcities were worst, and where people were still working who could alleviate them.’
      • ‘After sending the telex, he returned to the rescue operation, climbing into a hole to help a child.’
      • ‘Some encryption machines protect telephone calls, others protect fax and Telex messages, and still others protect computer communications.’
      • ‘The happiest day of my life was when I received the telex that said I had been accepted as an SAA pilot.’
      • ‘That evening I received a telex from my colleague at the Western Australian Museum, passing on some interesting news items from home.’
      • ‘For the reasons given earlier, an oral contract evidenced only by a re-cap telex, does not seem to me to qualify for this purpose.’
      • ‘To my mind that telex is a plain acceptance of the amount demanded, since it plainly describes the amount as undisputed.’


[with object]
  • 1Communicate with (someone) by telex.

    ‘he had telexed Ms Starnes from Zurich’
    • ‘They telexed the company denying breach of contract, and refusing to agree to a USD 230,000 discount.’
    1. 1.1 Send (a message) by telex.
      ‘telexing a 70 page document is a time-consuming process’
      • ‘You had to run out to find foreign newspapers, or have them laboriously telexed from London or Paris.’
      • ‘The advantage of resorting to a sea waybill is that it avoids the problems arising from the late arrival of the documentation; its contents can be telexed to the destination.’


1930s: blend of teleprinter and exchange.