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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Old suitcases, blankets and an antique typewriter are on display, as well as games, sculptures and watercolor paintings made by the residents. Daily Pilot, "New exhibit in Anaheim tells stories of O.C.-based Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 When Lee’s lawyer father gave her a typewriter, the aspiring writers would take turns being typists, Vig says. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "New play explores friendship between Truman Capote, Harper Lee," 27 Aug. 2019 The Bluetooth keyboard looks like an old typewriter and has keys similar to one as well. Emily Price, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Bluetooth Keyboards for Getting Work Done on the Road," 26 Aug. 2019 Quick took photos of the keepsakes, made 3D scans of them, then remade and re-imagined the objects —the vintage typewriter, the rosewater cruet, the knife block carved from a redwood telephone pole — in clear resin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Americans Museum exhibit tells San Diego’s stories — one keepsake at a time," 10 Sep. 2019 The letters are white typewriter font, and there are large, red crosshairs behind them. Morgan Krakow, Washington Post, "Walmart faces calls to remove pro-gun merchandise from website after El Paso shooting," 12 Aug. 2019 The violence under Burge included beatings, electric shock, suffocation with typewriter covers and games of Russian roulette. Alejandro Serrano, chicagotribune.com, "Lightfoot is pressed to fund memorial for police torture victims under Jon Burge," 7 June 2019 The job involved sharpening pencils, changing typewriter ribbons and doing odd jobs around the newsroom. Tim Kiska, Detroit Free Press, "Writer Tom DeLisle, whose career spanned Detroit and Hollywood, dies," 25 Apr. 2018 Before long, Fisher was gone — the scandal kept gossip columnists pounding away at their typewriters for months — and so was the logo. James Barron, The Mercury News, "Piedmont man sells Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Green Goddess’ Rolls-Royce at auction," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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