A type is a specific category of things or people that have something in common. Your favorite type of candy might be dark chocolate, while your brother's favorite type is jelly beans.

There are two basic sorts of types: first, a group of similar things — and in biology, specifically, "an organism with the essential characteristics of its group." The second type of type consists of letters, numbers, or symbols that are printed or shown on a computer screen, like the extra-large type in your grandpa's library book. As a verb, to type means to use a typewriter or keyboard to write.

Primary Meanings of type

a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
identify as belonging to a certain type
write by means of a keyboard with types
printed characters
Full Definitions of type

n a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

“what type of sculpture do you prefer?”
an opposite or contrasting type
a special type
a particular type of thing
edition, variant, variation, version
something a little different from others of the same type
Type of:
form, kind, sort, variety
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

n (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon

Type of:
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
animal or plant group having natural relations

n a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

“the capable type
case, character, eccentric
Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward

v identify as belonging to a certain type

“Such people can practically be typed
Type of:
consider to be equal or the same

v write by means of a keyboard with types

type the acceptance letter, please”
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use a shift key on a keyboard
hit the backspace key on a computer or typewriter keyboard
type with a full space between lines
type with two empty spaces between lines
type without looking at the keyboard
Type of:
communicate or express by writing

n printed characters

“small type is hard to read”
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type family
a complete set of type suitable for printing text
case, face, font, fount, typeface
a specific size and style of type within a type family
unicameral script
a script with a single case
bicameral script
a script having two distinct cases
constant-width font, fixed-width font, monospaced font, typewriter font
a typeface is which each character is given the same width (as by a typewriter)
proportional font
any font whose different characters have different widths
cartridge font, font cartridge
any font that is contained in a cartridge that can be plugged into a computer printer
Gothic, black letter
a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
bold, bold face, boldface
a typeface with thick heavy lines
a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right
raster font, screen font
the font that is displayed on a computer screen
Helvetica, sans serif
a typeface in which characters have no serifs
Type of:
character, grapheme, graphic symbol
a written symbol that is used to represent speech

n a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper

“he dropped a case of type, so they made him pick them up”
the part of a metal typeface that projects beyond its body
quad, space
(printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for spacing between words or sentences
hair space
(printing) the narrowest of the spaces used to separate words or letters
Type of:
a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

n all of the tokens of the same symbol

“the word `element' contains five different types of character”
Type of:
an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

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