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type

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noun \ˈtīp\

Simple Definition of type

  • : a particular kind or group of things or people

  • : a particular kind of person

  • : printed letters

Full Definition of type

  1. 1a :  a person or thing (as in the Old Testament) believed to foreshadow another (as in the New Testament)b :  one having qualities of a higher category :  modelc :  a lower taxonomic category selected as a standard of reference for a higher category; also :  a specimen or series of specimens on which a taxonomic species or subspecies is actually based

  2. 2 :  a distinctive mark or sign

  3. 3a (1) :  a rectangular block usually of metal bearing a relief character from which an inked print can be made (2) :  a collection of such blocks <a font of type> (3) :  alphanumeric characters for printing <the type for this book has been photoset>b :  typeface <italic type>c :  printed lettersd :  matter set in type

  4. 4a :  qualities common to a number of individuals that distinguish them as an identifiable class: as (1) :  the morphological, physiological, or ecological characters by which relationship between organisms may be recognized (2) :  the form common to all instances of a linguistic element b :  a typical and often superior specimenc :  a member of an indicated class or variety of people <the guests were mostly urban types — Lucy Cook>d :  a particular kind, class, or group <oranges of the seedless type> <leaders of the new type…did England yeoman's service — G. M. Trevelyan>e :  something distinguishable as a variety :  sort <what type of food do you like?>

Examples of type

  1. We were not prepared to face this type of crisis.

  2. We studied various types of trees.

  3. a seedless type of orange

  4. He only likes two types of music.

  5. She likes all types of books.



Origin of type

Middle English, from Late Latin typus, from Latin & Greek; Latin typus image, from Greek typos blow, impression, model, from typtein to strike, beat; akin to Sanskrit tupati he injures and probably to Latin stupēre to be benumbed


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of type

type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group <one of three basic body types>. kind may suggest natural grouping <a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind>. sort often suggests some disparagement <the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories>. nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses <two problems of a similar nature>. description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined <not all acts of that description are actually illegal>. character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type <research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character>.

Rhymes with type


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type

verb

Simple Definition of type

  • : to write with a computer keyboard or typewriter

  • : to find out what group something is in

Full Definition of type

typedtyp·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to represent beforehand as a type :  prefigure

  3. 2a :  to produce a copy ofb :  to represent in terms of typical characteristics :  typify

  4. 3 :  to produce (as a character or document) using a keyboard (as on a typewriter or computer); also :  keyboard

  5. 4 :  to identify as belonging to a type: asa :  to determine the natural type of (as a blood sample)b :  typecast

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to write something on a typewriter or enter data into a computer by way of a keyboard

type·able play \ˈtī-pə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of type

  1. How fast can you type?

  2. I never learned how to type.

  3. She asked her secretary to type a memo.



1596

First Known Use of type

1596




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