- 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
Related Words for typingwrite, copy, transcribe, sort, standardize, stereotype, pigeonhole, tab, categorize, peg, class, arrange, typecast, touch, touch-type, typewrite, teletype
Examples from the Web for typing
Contemporary Examples of typing
The sort of reader who believes that typing Do you have a citation for that?America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
Over to the side of the rest area, Hoge had his computer open and was typing away.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
And, typing that, it occurs to me how rarely we hear modern Americans use the word happy without an odor of irony.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Discoverable by clicking around or typing commands, these hidden features included entire new cartoons, or even simple gimmicks.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet
April 22, 2014
When typing in “Pennsylvania voter ID scandal,” a grand total of one story appeared.The Media's Selective Political Scandal Addiction
April 6, 2014
Historical Examples of typing
Some girls also learn shorthand and typing so that they can work in offices.Getting to know Spain
Oh, I don't mean just the typing, I mean your encouragement, your faith!The Straw
I am not here to talk, Sir Nicholas—I am here to do your typing.
She caught sight of Miss Sharp typing through the open door.
Also the various people who did the typing and helped secure the photographs.A Portrait of Old George Town
Grace Dunlop Ecker
- 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
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.