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 machine worked by entering letters on a typewriter-like keyboard and then encoding them through a series of rotors to a light board, which showed the coded equivalents. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary," 5 June 2019 Initially lacking screens, the devices featured IBM Selectric typewriters hooked up to boxy computers allowing texts to be edited, stored and printed. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Evelyn Berezin Pioneered Word Processors and Butted Heads With Men," 14 Dec. 2018 Her husband’s Silver Reed 500 typewriter sold for $4,977. Kate Bolick, New York Times, "Who Bought Sylvia Plath’s Stuff?," 21 Apr. 2018 Lisa Morales recalls watching as her mother tapped out a poemon a typewriter. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Lisa Morales is allowing herself to live again," 24 Jan. 2018 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

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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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