Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper
  2. (noun, cognition) a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
  3. (noun, communication) all of the tokens of the same symbol
  4. (noun, communication) printed characters
  5. (noun, group) (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon
  6. (noun, person) a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
    a strange character
    a friendly eccentric
    the capable type
    a mental case
  7. (verb, cognition) identify as belonging to a certain type
  8. (verb, communication) write by means of a keyboard with types

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Antonyms of Type


Origin of the word Type

  1. c.1470, "symbol, emblem," from L. typus "figure, image, form, kind," from Gk. typos "dent, impression, mark, figure, original form," from root of typtein "to strike, beat," from PIE base *(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,… more

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