type/taɪp/USA pronunciationn., v.,typed, typ•ing. n.
a class or category of things or persons sharing characteristics:[countable]people of a criminal type.
a person, animal, or thing thought of as a member of a class or group; a kind; a sort:[countable; often: ~ + of]This dog is a type of terrier. What is your blood type: A, B, O, or AB?
Informal Terms a person thought of as being typical of a certain line of work, manner of behavior, etc.; a perfect example of:[countable]a civil service type.
Printing[countable] a block with a raised character on its surface that, when fixed into a press and coated with ink, prints an impression of the character on paper.
Printing[uncountable] such blocks thought of as a group.
Printing[uncountable] a printed character or printed characters:a headline in large type.
Printingto write on a typewriter; typewrite: [no object]She can type very fast.[~ + object]She typed the whole paper by herself.[~ + object + up]She typed the paper up and sent it off.[~ + up + object]I'll type up the report.
Medicine to figure out the type of (a blood or tissue sample):[~ + object]He went to the Red Cross blood drive area and typed his blood before donating.
be not one's type, to be the kind or sort of (person) one does not enjoy:She's pretty in a glamorous sort of way, but she's just not my type.
type(tīp),USA pronunciationn., v.,typed, typ•ing. n.
a number of things or persons sharing a particular characteristic, or set of characteristics, that causes them to be regarded as a group, more or less precisely defined or designated; class; category:a criminal of the most vicious type.
a thing or person regarded as a member of a class or category; kind; sort (usually fol. by of ):This is some type of mushroom.
Informal Termsa person, regarded as reflecting or typifying a certain line of work, environment, etc.:a couple of civil service types.
a thing or person that represents perfectly or in the best way a class or category; model:the very type of a headmaster.
Printinga rectangular piece or block, now usually of metal, having on its upper surface a letter or character in relief.
Printingsuch pieces or blocks collectively.
Printinga similar piece in a typewriter or the like.
Printingsuch pieces collectively.
Printinga printed character or printed characters:a headline in large type.
Printingface (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.
Linguistics, Philosophy[Logic, Ling.]Also called type-word. the general form of a word, expression, symbol, or the like in contrast to its particular instances:The type "and'' in "red and white and blue'' has two separate tokens.Cf. token (def. 8).
the pattern or model from which something is made.
an image or figure produced by impressing or stamping, as the principal figure or device on either side of a coin or medal.
a distinctive or characteristic mark or sign.
a symbol of something in the future, as an Old Testament event serving as a prefiguration of a New Testament event.
MedicineSee blood group.
Printingto write on a typewriter; typewrite or keyboard.
Printingto reproduce in type or in print.
Medicineto ascertain the type of (a blood or tissue sample).
to be a type or symbol of; typify; symbolize; represent.
to represent prophetically; foreshadow; prefigure.
Printing, to typewrite.
Greek týpos blow, impression
Latin typus bas-relief, ground plan
late Middle English: symbol, figure ( 1425–75
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sort, classification, form, stamp.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sample, example.
2. When preceded by a modifier, type meaning "kind, sort'' is sometimes used without a following of: This type furnace uses very little current. In writing, a hyphen is often placed between type and the preceding word or words:a magnetic-type holder; a New England-type corn pudding.This construction is frequently criticized by usage guides; it is most typical of journalistic writing and advertising and occurs rarely in formal speech or writing. In almost all cases the construction can be rendered fully standard either by restoring of after type, with no hyphen (this type of furnace; a New England type of corn pudding) or by omitting type altogether (a magnetic holder).
a suffix representing type (prototype), esp. in names of photographic processes:ferrotype.Cf. typo-.