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telex

[tel-eks] /ˈtɛl ɛks/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a two-way teletypewriter service channeled through a public telecommunications system for instantaneous, direct communication between subscribers at remote locations.
2.
a teletypewriter used to send or receive on such a service.
3.
a message transmitted by telex.
verb (used with object)
4.
to send (a message) by telex:
We telex instructions to the agent.
5.
to send a message by telex to:
They telexed the Paris office.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; tel(eprinter) + ex(change)
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British Dictionary definitions for telex

telex

/ˈtɛlɛks/
noun
1.
an international telegraph service in which teleprinters are rented out to subscribers for the purpose of direct communication
2.
a teleprinter used in such a service
3.
a message transmitted or received by telex
verb
4.
to transmit (a message) to (a person, office, etc) by telex
Word Origin
C20: from tel(eprinter) ex(change)
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Word Origin and History for telex

Telex

1932, "a communication system of teletypewriters," from tel(etype) ex(change).

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Related Abbreviations for telex

TELEX

teletypewriter exchange
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