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

Examples of typewriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brault showed me the small, semicircular second-floor salon off a winding wooden staircase where Bonheur received most of her visitors, which is anchored by a desk with a foldaway typewriter. Claudine Doury, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Redemption of Rosa Bonheur," 20 Oct. 2020 Women’s share of clerical employment increased from 2.5% to 52.5% due to the emergence of the typewriter, drastically altering the work environment. Nicole Kay Peterson, The Conversation, "How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office," 15 Oct. 2020 This analog gauge is to modern digital gauges as a typewriter is to a laptop computer. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Rotate Your Tires," 5 Oct. 2020 The room was filled with new devices: an embossing printer, a typewriter-like braille machine. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "He’s 7 and blind. How will he learn remotely?," 28 Sep. 2020 And the portable typewriter allowed business people to conduct office-like activities at home. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Remote Work Won’t Save Us," 3 Aug. 2020 Participating will be Fulger’s fellow Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival actor and longtime friend Tom Hanks, who has agreed to auction off a vintage typewriter with a personal note. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood native, Hollywood actress Holly Fulger launches nonprofit ‘True Beauty Discovery’," 23 Sep. 2020 Furthermore, during the postwar period, typewriter and telephone companies didn't just advertise their products to men. Arkansas Online, "Home offices: Separate, unequal," 30 Aug. 2020 And yet there was Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore, pounding his typewriter with happy derision. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Obama, Harris, and an Unconventional Convention," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of typewriter

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of typewriter was in 1868

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“Typewriter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typewriter. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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