- a rectangular piece or block, now usually of metal, having on its upper surface a letter or character in relief.
- such pieces or blocks collectively.
- a similar piece in a typewriter or the like.
- such pieces collectively.
- a printed character or printed characters: a headline in large type.
- face(defs 19b, c).
- a genus or species that most nearly exemplifies the essential characteristics of a higher group.
- the one or more specimens on which the description and naming of a species is based.
- the inherited features of an animal or breed that are favorable for any given purpose: dairy type.
- a strain, breed, or variety of animal, or a single animal, belonging to a specific kind.
verb (used with object), typed, typ·ing.
verb (used without object), typed, typ·ing.
Origin of type
Synonyms for type
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Contemporary Examples of type
It was the type of fall that should have resulted in bruises and maybe a sprained ankle.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
You want less concentration in banking—at least the type that will screw the little guy and imperil the economy?How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
I hope that there is a trend away from the kind of “click-bait” type of essay that you often see on the Internet.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
“It's insane to see what the extreme version of that type of helpless anger combined with mental illness can create,” Cook wrote.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
Is he the type of character who would ever join the group permanently, or is he more of a drift-in, drift-out kind of guy?‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of type
Mr. Forest cannot find the type of girl he wishes for the part.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He took children as the type of what people should try to become.
He took sabbatarianism as a type of the things that should be set at nought.
This was the first apparatus which printed a telegram in type.Heroes of the Telegraph
Changes in spelling, use of capitals, punctuation and type are not recorded.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
- a small block of metal or more rarely wood bearing a letter or character in relief for use in printing
- such pieces collectively
- the taxonomic group the characteristics of which are used for defining the next highest group, for example Rattus norvegicus (brown rat) is the type species of the rat genus Rattus
- (as modifier)a type genus; a type species
Word Origin for type
noun, combining form
Word Origin for -type
late 15c., "symbol, emblem," from Latin typus "figure, image, form, kind," from Greek typos "dent, impression, mark, figure, original form," from root of typtein "to strike, beat," from PIE root *(s)teu- "to strike, cut, hew" (see steep (adj.)). Extended 1713 to printing blocks with letters carved on them. The meaning "general form or character of some kind, class" is first in English 1843, though it had that sense in Latin and Greek. To be someone's type "be the sort of person that person is attracted to" is recorded from 1934.
"to write with a typewriter," 1888; see type (n.). Related: Typed; typing.