Definition of telex in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Since the notice here was tendered by telex, we do not know the form of the acceptance.’
    • ‘And he couldn't receive information over the sat phone because he couldn't talk, so he communicated via telex and received instructions.’
    • ‘Then came telex, followed by the fax machine and now the Internet.’
    • ‘The race for news started to accelerate in the 60s and 70s when news providers started to disseminate information globally by telex.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Transactions are generally concluded over the telephone and confirmed by telex or e-mail between buyers and sellers across whatever distance.’
    • ‘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 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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘Telephone, telex, pager, and cellular phone services are available.’
    • ‘The hotel's 24-hour business centre is on the lobby level and has photocopying, translation, fax, telex, computer word processing and courier services.’
    • ‘It featured a high density of interaction, not least through the secure telex network.’
    1. 1.1 A telex machine.
      ‘I found it waiting on the telex in Mitch's office’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The telex machine in the plant's foreign trade office was buzzing with communications from companies in Europe, America and the Far East.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A message sent by telex.
      ‘I received your telex yesterday’
      • ‘The happiest day of my life was when I received the telex that said I had been accepted as an SAA pilot.’
      • ‘In the radio room, the Russian operator monitors the clatter of incoming telexes, faxes, weather forecasts and ice reports.’
      • ‘To my mind that telex is a plain acceptance of the amount demanded, since it plainly describes the amount as undisputed.’
      • ‘That evening I received a telex from my colleague at the Western Australian Museum, passing on some interesting news items from home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The accused had based his conviction on a telex he had received in October 1944 from the Regional office of the Gestapo.’
      • ‘Some encryption machines protect telephone calls, others protect fax and Telex messages, and still others protect computer communications.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As early as the 1970s, electronic communication was developing, with the telex superseding the humble letter as the preferred means of placing business orders.’
      • ‘The telexes could be used to obtain intelligence about where scarcities were worst, and where people were still working who could alleviate them.’
      • ‘The first day I couldn't get a telex because all the lines were down.’
      • ‘Finally, a telegraphic or telex message is not recorded, except by the sending and recipient banks.’
      • ‘However, a telex from Stalin presenting Eisenstein as a traitor to Russia also weighed heavily on the project.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were the days of letters, telexes, faxes and telegrams.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After sending the telex, he returned to the rescue operation, climbing into a hole to help a child.’


[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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You had to run out to find foreign newspapers, or have them laboriously telexed from London or Paris.’


1930s: blend of teleprinter and exchange.