type·​writ·​er | \ˈtīp-ˌrī-tər \

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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For many of us, the phone call over the past few years has gone the way of the telegraph and the typewriter. David Pierce, WSJ, "Phone Calls Are Dead. Voice Chat Is the Future.," 8 July 2018 The fragile papers, filled in with sharp signatures and characters stamped out on manual typewriters, are part of what officials believe is the largest surviving trove of legal records from the boycott. New York Times, "Found: Rosa Parks’s Arrest Warrant, and More Traces of Civil Rights History," 26 June 2018 At 90 degrees to the command centre of the desk was a typewriter with the blank paper set. The Economist, "Tom Wolfe died on May 14th," 26 May 2018 The second floor displays more Johnson Publishing furniture, the typewriter and other functional and art objects, and the exuberant modern painting that John Johnson kept in his office. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'Johnson Publishing' exhibit shows off company's design flair — without a plexiglass museum case," 5 July 2018 These little stoves come in black plastic carrying cases about the size of an old electric typewriter (remember those?) and are powered by canisters of butane, conveniently offered in nearby four-packs. Amy Scattergood, latimes.com, "Tool Dept.: A Hanaro portable gas stove, good for dumplings, camping trips or earthquakes," 15 Feb. 2018 My father took one look, pulled out his typewriter, and applied in my name to The Madeira School, a fancy all-girls institution. Mika Brzezinski /, NBC News, "Mika Brzezinski: How my father's passion for education inspired dinner-table debates – and lessons for a lifetime," 16 June 2018 His father, a tailor, bought him a Royal portable typewriter on an installment plan, putting $2 down and making payments of 25 cents a week. New York Times, "Art Shay, Whose Camera Captured the Famous and the Everyday, Dies at 96," 10 May 2018 Glaser's works include a poster for the Ambler Music Festival, an advertisement for the Valentine typewriter sold by Olivetti, and a poster for an exhibition on dadaism and surrealism. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Behind the scenes with influential graphic artists from 50 years ago," 30 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of typewriter

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

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