type

[ tahyp ]
/ taɪp /

noun

verb (used with object), typed, typ·ing.

verb (used without object), typed, typ·ing.

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Origin of type

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English: “symbol, figure” (from Middle French ), from Latin typus “bas-relief, ground plan,” from Greek týpos “blow, impression”

usage note for type

2. When preceded by a modifier, type meaning “kind, sort” is sometimes used without a following of: This type furnace uses very little current. In writing, a hyphen is often placed between type and the preceding word or words: a magnetic-type holder; a New England-type corn pudding. This construction is frequently criticized by usage guides; it is most typical of journalistic writing and advertising and occurs rarely in formal speech or writing. In almost all cases the construction can be rendered fully standard either by restoring of after type, with no hyphen ( this type of furnace; a New England type of corn pudding ) or by omitting type altogether ( a magnetic holder).

OTHER WORDS FROM type

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH type

kind, sort, type (see usage note at the current entry)

Definition for type (2 of 2)

-type

a suffix representing type (prototype), especially in names of photographic processes: ferrotype.
Compare typo-.
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British Dictionary definitions for type (1 of 2)

type
/ (taɪp) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for type

C15: from Latin typus figure, from Greek tupos image, from tuptein to strike

British Dictionary definitions for type (2 of 2)

-type

noun, combining form

type or formarchetype
printing type or photographic processcollotype

Word Origin for -type

from Latin -typus, from Greek -typos, from tupos type
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Medical definitions for type

type
[ tīp ]

n.

v.

To determine the antigenic characteristics of a blood or tissue sample.
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