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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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 Fiddling with the passport in an old typewriter and avoiding typos while spelling long names was not easy. Vogue, "Inside Frieze London With Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis," 9 Oct. 2018 An Alaskan borough, for example, had to dust off its typewriters following a major ransomware attack. James Rogers, Fox News, "San Diego port targeted in ransomware attack," 28 Sep. 2018 That’s a mind-bending U-turn for someone like me, who started my newspaper career with a typewriter and paper and has worked at The Times for 31 years. Don Shelton, The Seattle Times, "Despite upheaval in journalism, one thing at The Seattle Times hasn’t changed," 31 Aug. 2018 Ivrea, Italy Ivrea, a small town near Turin, was the epicenter of a technological revolution in the twentieth century, where manufacturer Olivetti started testing products including typewriters and computers. Condé Nast Traveler, "The 19 Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites," 10 July 2018 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

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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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