Definition of telex in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the notice here was tendered by telex, we do not know the form of the acceptance.’
    • ‘The hotel's 24-hour business centre is on the lobby level and has photocopying, translation, fax, telex, computer word processing and courier services.’
    • ‘Telephone, telex, pager, and cellular phone services are available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Traffic around the telex network had grown from an initial 2,000-3,000 telegrams a year to some 9,000 in 1989.’
    • ‘It will additionally support fax, telex, or EDI transmissions…’
    • ‘Transactions are generally concluded over the telephone and confirmed by telex or e-mail between buyers and sellers across whatever distance.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Then came telex, followed by the fax machine and now the Internet.’
    • ‘It featured a high density of interaction, not least through the secure telex network.’
    1. 1.1A telex machine.
      • ‘Even today, most capital transfers are communicated through faxes or telex machines and authenticated with pen-and-ink signatures.’
      • ‘We had to rely upon faxes and the old telex machine, and telephone calls at different times through different time zones.’
      • ‘The telex machine in the plant's foreign trade office was buzzing with communications from companies in Europe, America and the Far East.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A message sent by telex.
      • ‘The first day I couldn't get a telex because all the lines were down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The accused had based his conviction on a telex he had received in October 1944 from the Regional office of the Gestapo.’
      • ‘The happiest day of my life was when I received the telex that said I had been accepted as an SAA pilot.’
      • ‘Finally, a telegraphic or telex message is not recorded, except by the sending and recipient banks.’
      • ‘That evening I received a telex from my colleague at the Western Australian Museum, passing on some interesting news items from home.’
      • ‘To my mind that telex is a plain acceptance of the amount demanded, since it plainly describes the amount as undisputed.’
      • ‘The telexes could be used to obtain intelligence about where scarcities were worst, and where people were still working who could alleviate them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the radio room, the Russian operator monitors the clatter of incoming telexes, faxes, weather forecasts and ice reports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, a telex from Stalin presenting Eisenstein as a traitor to Russia also weighed heavily on the project.’
      • ‘They were the days of letters, telexes, faxes and telegrams.’
      • ‘After sending the telex, he returned to the rescue operation, climbing into a hole to help a child.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some encryption machines protect telephone calls, others protect fax and Telex messages, and still others protect computer communications.’


  • 1 Communicate with (someone) by telex.

    • ‘They telexed the company denying breach of contract, and refusing to agree to a USD 230,000 discount.’
    1. 1.1Send (a message) by telex.
      • ‘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.