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Meaning of type by Wiktionary Dictionary

type


    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -aɪp

    Etymology

    From Latin typus, from Ancient Greek τύπος ( tupos, “mark, impression, type” ), from τύπτω ( tuptō, “I strike, beat” ) .

    Noun

    type ( plural: types )

    1. A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class .
      This type of plane can handle rough weather more easily than that type of plane .
    2. An individual considered typical of its class .
      We can't get along: he's just not my type .
    3. An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.
    4. ( printing, countable ) A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.
      1. ( uncountable ) Such types collectively, or a set of type of one font or size .
      2. ( chiefly uncountable ) Text printed with such type, or imitating its characteristics .
        The headline was set in bold type .
    5. ( biology ) An individual considered representative of members of its taxonomic group .
      the type of a genus, family, etc .
    6. ( biology ) A blood group .
    7. ( theology ) An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event - commonly an Old Testament event linked to Christian times .
    8. ( computing theory ) A tag attached to variables and values used in determining which kinds of value can be used in which situations; a data type .

    Synonyms

    Verb

    Hands of a person typing.

    type ( third-person singular simple present types present participle typing, simple past and past participle typed )

    1. To put text on paper using a typewriter .
    2. To enter text or commands into a computer using a keyboard .
    3. To determine the blood type of .
      The doctor ordered the lab to type the patient for a blood transfusion .
    4. To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure .
      ( Can we find and add a quotation of White ( Johnson ) to this entry? )
    5. To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify.

    Related terms

    Descendants

    • Esperanto: tajpi

    Anagrams


    -type

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/01/03 05:16 UTC Version )

    Suffix

    -type

    1. impressed form; stamp; print
    2. typical form


Explanation of type by Wordnet Dictionary

type


    Verb
    1. identify as belonging to a certain type

    2. Such people can practically be typed
    3. write by means of a keyboard with types

    4. type the acceptance letter, please
    Noun
    1. a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end

    2. he dropped a case of type, so they made him pick them up
    3. a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

    4. what type of sculpture do you prefer?
    5. all of the tokens of the same symbol

    6. the word `element' contains five different types of character
    7. printed characters

    8. small type is hard to read
    9. the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon

    10. a person of a specified kind ( usually with many eccentricities )

    11. the capable type


    Definition of type by GCIDE Dictionary

    type


    1. Type ( tīp ), n. [F. type; cf. It. tipo, from L. typus a figure, image, a form, type, character, Gr. τύπος the mark of a blow, impression, form of character, model, from the root of τύπτειν to beat, strike; cf. Skr. tup to hurt.]
      1. The mark or impression of something; stamp; impressed sign; emblem.

      The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings,

      Short blistered breeches, and those types of travel. Shak.

      2. Form or character impressed; style; semblance.

      Thy father bears the type of king of Naples. Shak.

      3. A figure or representation of something to come; a token; a sign; a symbol; -- correlative to antitype.

      A type is no longer a type when the thing typified comes to be actually exhibited. South.

      4. That which possesses or exemplifies characteristic qualities; the representative. Specifically: ( Biol. ) A general form or structure common to a number of individuals; hence, the ideal representation of a species, genus, or other group, combining the essential characteristics; an animal or plant possessing or exemplifying the essential characteristics of a species, genus, or other group. Also, a group or division of animals having a certain typical or characteristic structure of body maintained within the group.

      Since the time of Cuvier and Baer . . . the whole animal kingdom has been universally held to be divisible into a small number of main divisions or types. Haeckel.

      ( Fine Arts ) The original object, or class of objects, scene, face, or conception, which becomes the subject of a copy; esp., the design on the face of a medal or a coin.

      ( Chem. ) A simple compound, used as a model or pattern to which other compounds are conveniently regarded as being related, and from which they may be actually or theoretically derived.

      ☞ The fundamental types used to express the simplest and most essential chemical relations are hydrochloric acid, HCl; water, H2O; ammonia, NH3; and methane, CH4.

      5. ( Typog. ) A raised letter, figure, accent, or other character, cast in metal or cut in wood, used in printing. Such letters or characters, in general, or the whole quantity of them used in printing, spoken of collectively; any number or mass of such letters or characters, however disposed.

      ☞ Type are mostly made by casting type metal in a mold, though some of the larger sizes are made from maple, mahogany, or boxwood. In the cut, a is the body; b, the face, or part from which the impression is taken; c, the shoulder, or top of the body; d, the nick ( sometimes two or more are made ), designed to assist the compositor in distinguishing the bottom of the face from te top; e, the groove made in the process of finishing, -- each type as cast having attached to the bottom of the body a jet, or small piece of metal ( formed by the surplus metal poured into the mold ), which, when broken off, leaves a roughness that requires to be removed. The fine lines at the top and bottom of a letter are technically called ceriphs, and when part of the face projects over the body, as in the letter f, the projection is called a kern.

      The type which compose an ordinary book font consist of Roman CAPITALS, small capitals, and lower-case letters, and Italic CAPITALS and lower-case letters, with accompanying figures, points, and reference marks, -- in all about two hundred characters. Including the various modern styles of fancy type, some three or four hundred varieties of face are made. Besides the ordinary Roman and Italic, some of the most important of the varieties are --

      Old English. Black Letter.
      Old Style. French Elzevir.
      Boldface. Antique.
      Clarendon. Gothic.
      Typewriter. Script.

      The smallest body in common use is diamond; then follow in order of size, pearl, agate, nonpareil, minion, brevier, bourgeois ( or two-line diamond ), long primer ( or two-line pearl ), small pica ( or two-line agate ), pica ( or two-line nonpareil ), English ( or two-line minion ), Columbian ( or two-line brevier ), great primer ( or two-line bourgeois ), paragon ( or two-line long primer ), double small pica ( or two-line small pica ), double pica ( or two-line pica ), double English ( or two-line English ), double great primer ( or two-line great primer ), double paragon ( or two-line paragon ), canon ( or two-line double pica ). Above this, the sizes are called five-line pica, six-line pica, seven-line pica, and so on, being made mostly of wood. The following alphabets show the different sizes up to great primer.

      Brilliant . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Diamond . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Pearl . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Agate . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Nonpareil . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Minion . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Brevier . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Bourgeois . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Long primer . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Small pica . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Pica . . . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      English . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Columbian . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Great primer . . . abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz


      The foregoing account is conformed to the designations made use of by American type founders, but is substantially correct for England. Agate, however, is called ruby, in England, where, also, a size intermediate between nonpareil and minion is employed, called emerald.

      Point system of type bodies ( Type Founding ), a system adopted by the type founders of the United States by which the various sizes of type have been so modified and changed that each size bears an exact proportional relation to every other size. The system is a modification of a French system, and is based on the pica body. This pica body is divided into twelfths, which are termedType ( tīp ), n. [F. type; cf. It. tipo, from L. typus a figure, image, a form, type, character, Gr. τύπος the mark of a blow, impression, form of character, model, from the root of τύπτειν to beat, strike; cf. Skr. tup to hurt.]
      1. The mark or impression of something; stamp; impressed sign; emblem.

      The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings,

      Short blistered breeches, and those types of travel. Shak.

      2. Form or character impressed; style; semblance.

      Thy father bears the type of king of Naples. Shak.

      3. A figure or representation of something to come; a token; a sign; a symbol; -- correlative to antitype.

      A type is no longer a type when the thing typified comes to be actually exhibited. South.

      4. That which possesses or exemplifies characteristic qualities; the representative. Specifically: ( Biol. ) A general form or structure common to a number of individuals; hence, the ideal representation of a species, genus, or other group, combining the essential characteristics; an animal or plant possessing or exemplifying the essential characteristics of a species, genus, or other group. Also, a group or division of animals having a certain typical or characteristic structure of body maintained within the group.

      Since the time of Cuvier and Baer . . . the whole animal kingdom has been universally held to be divisible into a small number of main divisions or types. Haeckel.

      ( Fine Arts ) The original object, or class of objects, scene, face, or conception, which becomes the subject of a copy; esp., the design on the face of a medal or a coin.

      ( Chem. ) A simple compound, used as a model or pattern to which other compounds are conveniently regarded as being related, and from which they may be actually or theoretically derived.

      ☞ The fundamental types used to express the simplest and most essential chemical relations are hydrochloric acid, HCl;
    2. Type v. t. [imp. & p. p. Typed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Typing.]
      1. To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure. [R.] White ( Johnson ).

      2. To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify. [R.]

      Let us type them now in our own lives. Tennyson.