a number of things or persons sharing a particular characteristic, or set of characteristics, that causes them to be regarded as a group, more or less precisely defined or designated; class; category: a criminal of the most vicious type.
a thing or person regarded as a member of a class or category; kind; sort (usually followed by of): This is some type of mushroom.
Informal. a person, regarded as reflecting or typifying a certain line of work, environment, etc.: a couple of civil service types.
a thing or person that represents perfectly or in the best way a class or category; model: the very type of a headmaster.
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.
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.
the pattern or model from which something is made.
an image or figure produced by impressing or stamping, as the principal figure or device on either side of a coin or medal.
a distinctive or characteristic mark or sign.
a symbol of something in the future, as an Old Testament event serving as a prefiguration of a New Testament event.
Medicine/Medical. blood group.
to write on a typewriter or keyboard; typewrite or keyboard.
to reproduce in type or in print.
- mis·type, verb, mis·typed, mis·typ·ing.
- mis·typed, adjective
- pre·type, verb (used with object), pre·typed, pre·typ·ing.
- re·type, verb (used with object), re·typed, re·typ·ing.
- un·typed, adjective
- well-typed, adjective
Other definitions for -type (2 of 2)
a suffix representing type (prototype), especially in names of photographic processes: ferrotype.
- Compare typo-.
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How to use type in a sentence
“I think the types of stories we do are very similar to what happened with hip-hop,” says Jones.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical | Stereo Williams | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
At its most simplified, the revision allows big players more access to insured deposits while making certain types of bets.
The argument now is how to limit certain types of plays that banks can make under certain circumstances.
They witnessed and experienced the same types of abusive events, Fenner claims.
Good intelligence comes when multiple sources and types (human, technical, open) of information are pulled together.
Two types of the disease are commonly distinguished: the myelogenous and the lymphatic.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The types and symbols of a former period were blessed to the souls of men, as well as the fuller revelations of succeeding times.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
There are four types: bituminous (soft), anthracite (hard), semi-bituminous and semi-anthracite.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Various types of stone resources rank second in financial value of minerals.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
All the odd types of human nature you meet in this office won't do you any harm, either.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for type (1 of 2)
a kind, class, or category, the constituents of which share similar characteristics
a subdivision of a particular class of things or people; sort: what type of shampoo do you use?
the general form, plan, or design distinguishing a particular group
informal a person who typifies a particular quality: he's the administrative type
informal a person, esp of a specified kind: he's a strange type
a small block of metal or more rarely wood bearing a letter or character in relief for use in printing
such pieces collectively
characters printed from type; print
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
See type specimen
the characteristic device on a coin
linguistics a symbol regarded as standing for the class of all symbols identical to it: Compare token (def. 8)
logic a class of expressions or of the entities they represent that can all enter into the same syntactic relations. The theory of types was advanced by Bertrand Russell to avoid the liar paradox, Russell's paradox, etc
philosophy a universal. If a sentence always has the same meaning whenever it is used, the meaning is said to be a property of the sentence-type: Compare token (def. 9)
mainly Christian theol a figure, episode, or symbolic factor resembling some future reality in such a way as to foreshadow or prefigure it
rare a distinctive sign or mark
to write (copy) on a typewriter
(tr) to be a symbol of; typify
(tr) to decide the type of; clarify into a type
(tr) med to determine the blood group of (a blood sample)
(tr) mainly Christian theol to foreshadow or serve as a symbol of (some future reality)
British Dictionary definitions for -type (2 of 2)
type or form: archetype
printing type or photographic process: collotype
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