Definition of teletype in US English:



  • 1A kind of teleprinter.

    • ‘There was a shortage of switchboards, field wire, open wire, insulators, construction troops, and teletype machines.’
    • ‘I remember the sound of wires humming and teletypes hammering away with wire services.’
    • ‘These older editors were designed for use on a teletype and could display only one line of text at a time.’
    • ‘In a fit of anger and frustration she threw away all her teletype machines one day and refused to use the relay services any more.’
    • ‘Engagement information was passed on to command headquarters by telephone and teletype.’
    1. 1.1 A message received and printed by a teleprinter.
      • ‘The satellite, launched in 1965, was intended to operate as a switchboard relaying radio, television, teletype, and telephone messages between North America and Europe.’


  • with object and usually with adverbial of direction Send (a message) by means of a teleprinter.

    • ‘He found a teletyped message that held Japanese military secrets so important it was sent by courier to Washington, D.C.’
    • ‘The US intelligence officer knew this and he immediately teletyped the message to Washington.’
    • ‘I do remember teletyping you a message a few days before the last mission and finding out that you were still okay.’
    • ‘In constructing a simulation of paranoid thought processes, we designed an algorithm capable of handling the linguistic expressions used by interviewers in teletyped diagnostic psychiatric interviews.’
    • ‘From almost two hundred field offices, more than two thousand special agents teletyped all new data daily to Headquarters in Washington, where an army of clerks indexed it for easy retrieval.’