- 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. 21b, 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.
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What is a basic definition of type?
Type is used as a noun to mean a member of a category. As a verb type means to write using a typewriter or keyboard. The word type has many other senses as a noun and a verb.
Type refers to something or someone that is a member of a category or class. Type is often followed with the word of and the category being referred to. For example, a German shepherd is a type of dog. The German shepherd is a member of the large group of animals known as dogs.
- Real-life examples: Robins, pigeons, and eagles are types of birds. Hats, pants, and shirts are types of clothing. Vegetables, fruits, and meats are types of foods.
- Used in a sentence: Martina likes only certain types of movies, such as comedies.
Informally, type is used in a similar sense to mean a person who has characteristics of a certain job, personality, or other quality.
- Used in a sentence: We don’t want any government types sniffing around our business.
As a verb, type means to write on a typewriter or keyboard. Now that typewriters are much less commonly used, type nearly always refers specifically to computer or cellphone keyboards.
- Used in a sentence: I told him not to type a long, angry rant on his social media profile but he didn’t listen.
Where does type come from?
The first records of type come from around 1425. It ultimately comes from Greek word týpos, meaning “a blow or an impression.”
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What are some other forms related to type?
- mistype (verb)
- mistyped (adjective)
- pretype (verb)
- retype (verb)
- untyped (adjective)
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How is type used in real life?
Type is a very common word that most often means to write on a keyboard or refers to something that is a member of a certain category.
There are two types of people in this world:
Those who are bad at email.
Those who are very bad at email.
No one is good at email.
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) December 11, 2020
Just typed a 3000 word paper… Still not done 😩
— J (@JVCKJ) March 5, 2014
Working on our laptops together is my type of intimacy
— Ciera Rogers (@iamcierarogers) August 18, 2020
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Wood, stone, and steel are common types of building materials.
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The algorithms used to compute a biological age for each of the different data types—as well as the AgeMetric scoring mechanism—are either patented or patent-pending, Zhavoronkov said.What’s your biological age? A new app promises to reveal it—and help you slow the aging process|Jeremy Kahn|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Now that the York team has identified the chemistry of human body odor, they can develop new types of deodorants, says Rudden.Stinky success: Scientists identify the chemistry of B.O.|Alison Pearce Stevens|September 15, 2020|Science News For Students
I understood the kind of companies that got funded, the types that didn’t.‘How I Built This’ host Guy Raz on insights from some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs|Rachel King|September 15, 2020|Fortune
For years, their front office has been led by a different type of executive.Everything Should Be On The Table For The Houston Rockets. Even James Harden’s Future.|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 14, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
However, this type of cell phone data can help agencies know how people behave as a storm approaches, perhaps giving them an opportunity to adjust their own approaches to evacuation orders, says Long.Political rhetoric may impact your hurricane preparedness|Ula Chrobak|September 11, 2020|Popular-Science
But yes, I pictured a James Bond-type just sauntering over to her.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I have to think her body type played a role,” said Rachel Greenblatt, a Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard University.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But Ally knows better and dresses tastefully for her age and body type now.
Sabrine was the outgoing, sociable type, and had many friends, while Ziad was shy and a little more introverted.
Mistletoe is basically a vampire—but one of those an anti-hero type vampires.
Though the average speaker is generally limited by one type of voice, which he varies somewhat, it is not often disguised.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Accustomed to a written character, their eyes became wearied by the crabbedness and formality of type.
True, she had never met the provincial type before, but she doubted if Rosewater had produced a crop of Isabel Otises.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I must make no mistake, and blunder into a national type of features, all wrong; if I make your mask, it must do us credit.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
A mixed type of the present day Negro, she was slightly tall, and somewhat slender, with a figure straight and graceful.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for type (1 of 2)
- 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