Definitions for typographical error

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

typograph′ical er′ror(n.)

  1. an error in printed or typewritten matter resulting from a mistake in typing or from mechanical failure.

    Category: Printing

Princeton's WordNet

  1. misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error, literal(noun)

    a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind


  1. typographical error(Noun)

    A mistake made during the process of typing, especially one caused by a slip of the fingers; often shortened to typo.


  1. Typographical error

    A typographical error is a mistake made in the typing process of printed material. Historically, this referred to mistakes in manual type-setting. The term includes errors due to mechanical failure or slips of the hand or finger, but excludes errors of ignorance, such as spelling errors. Before the arrival of printing, the "copyist's mistake" or "scribal error" was the equivalent for manuscripts. Most typos involve simple duplication, omission, transposition, or substitution of a small number of characters. Fat finger, or "fat-finger syndrome", a slang term, refers to an unwanted secondary action when typing. When one's finger is bigger than the touch zone, there can be inaccuracy in the fine motor movements and accidents occur. This is common with touchscreens. One may hit two adjacent keys on the keyboard in a single keystroke. For example, buckled instead of bucked due to the L key being next to the K key on many keyboards.


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