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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A teleprinter was chattering away in the corner.
▪ At first I thought it was the teleprinter again.
▪ Modern technology is now so sophisticated the microprocessor-based design of the teleprinter gives it enormous power and flexibility.
▪ Reel after reel of voice recordings and intercepted teleprinter messages were recovered daily.
▪ Some features of the modern teleprinter 1.
▪ This is about the rate of a standard teleprinter, or a Bren machine gun.
▪ You know, the Press Association teleprinter.

n. (context dated English) A combined electromechanical typewriter and printer, often with an integrated paper tape reader/printer, connected to others or to a computer via the telephone system.


n. a character printer connected to a telegraph that operates like a typewriter [syn: teletypewriter, teletype machine, telex, telex machine]


A teleprinter (teletypewriter, Teletype or TTY) is an electromechanical typewriter that can be used to send and receive typed messages from point to point and point-to-multipoint over various types of communications channels. They were adapted to provide a user interface to early mainframe computers and minicomputers, sending typed data to the computer and printing the response. Some models could also be used to create punched tape for data storage (either from typed input or from data received from a remote source) and to read back such tape for local printing or transmission.

Teleprinters could use a variety of different communication media. These included a simple pair of wires, dedicated non-switched telephone circuits (leased lines), switched networks that operated similarly to the public telephone network ( telex), and radio and microwave links (telex-on-radio or TOR). A teleprinter attached to a modem could also communicate through standard switched public telephone lines. This latter configuration was often used to connect teleprinters to remote computers, particularly in time-sharing environments.

Teleprinters have largely been replaced by fully electronic computer terminals which usually use a computer monitor instead of a printer (though the term "TTY" is still occasionally used to refer to them, such as in Unix systems). Teleprinters are still widely used in the aviation industry ( AFTN and airline teletype system), and variations called Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDDs) are used by the hearing impaired for typed communications over ordinary telephone lines.

Usage examples of "teleprinter".

Sykes came in with another sheet from the teleprinter, more barometric pressure figures.

He set it on the shelf next to the bulky teleprinter, sat down, and clacked off the prefix and routing instructions, winding a small handle at the side of the machine at the end of each word.

He had worked until late in the night at HQ and all that morning, setting up the Identicast of Blofeld, checking details with Ronnie Vallance, fixing up the private, the Munich side of his life, chattering on the teleprinter to Station Z, even remembering to tell Mary Goodnight to get on to Sable Basilisk after the holiday and ask him to please do some kind of a job on the surnames of the ten girls and please to have the family tree of Ruby Windsor embellished with gold capitals.

It was being drummed into him all the time by the teleprinters - sheet after sheet of pressure figures.

The teleprinters in there were coupled to receiver transmitters on fixed wave lengths to london, paris, and new york but could be adapted by men who knew what they were doing, such as peters and jenkins, to receive and transmit on practically any wave length.

Teleprintered orders had to be sent to all the duty officers of every Hut 8 listening post - from Thurso, clinging to the cliffs on the northernmost tip of Scotland, right down to St Erth, near Land's End.

It gets their descriptions circulated by teleprinter and the call goes out to the armed forces, as well as all the police services and the border guards.

In the background was the constant rapping of teleprinters printing out intercepted Soviet and Cuban telexes and other communications.

Because the holder of such a weapon had to be forever ready to use it instantly, or else to perish by it, this silent vault had become his last refuge from fear, where he caught uneasy naps on a cot beside the launching station and lived on coffee and hurried sandwiches and waited for the teleprinters to thump out orders to strike.