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typewriter

[tahyp-rahy-ter]
noun
  1. a machine for writing mechanically in letters and characters like those produced by printers' types.
  2. Printing. a type style that gives the appearance of typewritten copy.
  3. Older Use. a typist.
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Origin of typewriter

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; type + writer
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typewriter

noun
  1. a keyboard machine for writing mechanically in characters resembling print. It may be operated entirely by hand (manual typewriter) or be powered by electricity (electric typewriter)
  2. printing a style of type resembling typescript
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Word Origin and History for typewriter

n.

in the mechanical sense, 1868, from type (n.) + writer.

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