type·​writ·​er | \ ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce typewriter (audio) \

Definition of typewriter

1 : a machine for writing in characters similar to those produced by printer's type by means of keyboard-operated types striking a ribbon to transfer ink or carbon impressions onto the paper
2 : typist

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The autograph of Steve Miller is easily among the most legible, printed with almost typewriter precision. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Rock Hall's new 'Experience' exhibit succeeds in creating more good memories (photos, review)," 15 Apr. 2018 Wallace worked at a wooden desk and wrote on a 1930s-era Underwood typewriter. Hudson Sangree, sacbee, "Newt Wallace, 'world's oldest paperboy,' dies at 98 in Winters | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Apr. 2018 Studies of typewriter erasers from Claes Oldenburg’s notebook in 1970. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Making Art Out of a Forgotten Tool," 28 Dec. 2018 With the development of automatic editing typewriters and word processing systems, the conditions of dead-end typing have been practically eliminated. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered," 15 Dec. 2018 Dan has a typewriter because that was a fad for a while. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Bulldozers have cleared debris from most main streets, but the sidewalks are filled with everything imaginable: broken speakers, typewriters, cables, artificial Christmas trees. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 Tourney recalled that Williams kept a typewriter in his room and wrote frequently. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "Southern playwright Tennessee Williams majored in journalism at Mizzou," 26 Mar. 2018 That it was invented for typewriters in the 1800s(!) and that it's designed less to be easy or ergonomic and more to keep common letters far apart to prevent mechanical jams. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why I'm Learning To Type All Over Again," 25 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of typewriter

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of typewriter

: a machine that prints letters or figures on a sheet of paper when a person pushes its keys


type·​writ·​er | \ ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce typewriter (audio) \

Kids Definition of typewriter

: a machine that prints letters or figures when a person pushes its keys down

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