types; typing; typed

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.

Definitions of type
  1. noun
    a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
    “what type of sculpture do you prefer?”
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    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
  2. noun
    (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon
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    type of:
    taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
    animal or plant group having natural relations
  3. noun
    a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
    “the capable type
    synonyms: case, character, eccentric
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    type of:
    adult, grownup
    a fully developed person from maturity onward
  4. verb
    identify as belonging to a certain type
    “Such people can practically be typed
    synonyms: typecast
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    type of:
    consider to be equal or the same
  5. verb
    write by means of a keyboard with types
    type the acceptance letter, please”
    synonyms: typewrite
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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
  6. noun
    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
  7. noun
    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”
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    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
    movable type
    printing type in which blocks bearing individual characters can be moved and assembled in any combination
    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)
  8. noun
    all of the tokens of the same symbol
    “the word `element' contains five different types of character”
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    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
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