What does type mean?

Definitions for type

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word type.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. type(noun)

    a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

    "what type of sculpture do you prefer?"

  2. character, eccentric, type, case(noun)

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

    "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"

  3. type(noun)

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

  4. type(noun)

    printed characters

    "small type is hard to read"

  5. type(noun)

    all of the tokens of the same symbol

    "the word `element' contains five different types of character"

  6. type(verb)

    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"

  7. type, typewrite(verb)

    write by means of a keyboard with types

    "type the acceptance letter, please"

  8. type, typecast(verb)

    identify as belonging to a certain type

    "Such people can practically be typed"


  1. type(Noun)

    A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class.

    This type of plane can handle rough weather more easily than that type of plane.

  2. type(Noun)

    An individual considered typical of its class.

    We can't get along: he's just not my type.

  3. type(Noun)

    An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.

  4. type(Noun)

    A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.

  5. type(Noun)

    An individual considered representative of members of its taxonomic group.

    the type of a genus, family, etc.

  6. type(Noun)

    A blood group.

  7. type(Noun)

    An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event - commonly an Old Testament event linked to Christian times.

  8. type(Noun)

    A tag attached to variables and values used in determining which kinds of value can be used in which situations; a data type.

  9. type(Verb)

    To put text on paper using a typewriter.

  10. type(Verb)

    To enter text or commands into a computer using a keyboard.

  11. type(Verb)

    To determine the blood type.

    The doctor ordered the lab to type the patient for a blood transfusion.

  12. Origin: From typus, from τύπος, from τύπτω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Type(noun)

    the mark or impression of something; stamp; impressed sign; emblem

  2. Type(noun)

    form or character impressed; style; semblance

  3. Type(noun)

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

  4. Type(noun)

    that which possesses or exemplifies characteristic qualities; the representative

  5. Type(noun)

    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

  6. Type(noun)

    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

  7. Type(noun)

    a simple compound, used as a mode or pattern to which other compounds are conveniently regarded as being related, and from which they may be actually or theoretically derived

  8. Type(noun)

    a raised letter, figure, accent, or other character, cast in metal or cut in wood, used in printing

  9. Type(noun)

    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

  10. Type(verb)

    to represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure

  11. Type(verb)

    to furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Type

    tīp, n. a mark or figure struck or stamped upon something: an emblem or figure of something to come, esp. the foreshadowing in the Old Testament of something realised in the New (the antitype): an exemplar, pattern: a representative style, model: the principal device on a coin or medal: a model in nature made the subject of a copy: (nat. hist.) that which combines best the characteristics of a group: the order in which the symptoms of a disease exhibit themselves: a chemical compound which represents the composition and structure of many more complex compounds, esp. Gerhardt's four types—hydrochloric acid, water, ammonia, and marsh-gas: a piece of metal, wood, or other material, on one end of which is cast or engraved a character, sign, &c. used in printing (the sizes are designated by different names in respect of their body—i.e. the depths of the face which comes in contact with the ink plus the bevel and beard.Type Styles. Again, differences in width render the type fat or lean, or, if strongly marked, extended or condensed; differences in style or face are endless—Roman and Italic compose the text of all books in English; Antique (1), Gothic (2), Clarendon (3), and Black-letter (4) are approved styles for display. In America types are designated according to the number of 'points' of which the body consists. The point is 112 of a Pica; Nonpareil would accordingly be called six points. On the Continent the point is 112 of a Cicero, a body between Pica and English): the whole types used in printing.—v.t. to constitute a type of: to reproduce in type: to typify.—adj. Ty′pal.—ns. Type′-bar, a line of type cast in one piece, as in a linotype or typograph; Type′-block, a body of metal or wood on which a type is cut or cast; Type′-cast′ing, the act of founding type in moulds; Type′-cut′ter, one who engraves dies for printing-types; Type′-cyl′inder, the cylinder of a rotary printing-machine on which types or plates are fastened for printing; Type′-found′er, one who founds or casts printers' type; Type′-found′ing; Type′-found′ry, a place where type is founded or manufactured; Type′-gauge, a type-measure: a gauge for estimating the size of type.—adj. Type′-high, of the standard height of type—of a woodcut, &c.—ns. Type′-hold′er, a bookbinder's pallet or holder for use in hand-stamping; Typem′bryo, an embryo at the stage when it first exhibits the type of structure of the phylum or sub-kingdom to which it belongs; Type′-met′al, metal used for making types, a compound of tin, antimony, copper, and lead; Type′-scale, a measuring-rod for type; Type′-set′ter, a compositor: a machine which combines types in proper order for printing; Type′-set′ting.—v.t. and v.i. Type′write, to produc

Editors Contribution

  1. type

    A specific form or quality of something.

    Computers are made of various type of materials.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2020  
  2. type

    To touch a keyboard efficiently.

    We type on a keyboard, I love the fact that I can touch type at a fast speed.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'type' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #560

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'type' in Written Corpus Frequency: #704

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'type' in Nouns Frequency: #111

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'type' in Verbs Frequency: #1066

How to pronounce type?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say type in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of type in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of type in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of type in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    She's not my type.

  2. The FBI:

    Depending on the type of phone.

  3. Charles Krauthammer:

    Cruz is not the warm and cuddly type.

  4. Aaron J. Munzer:

    You type as fast as a one footed elephant.

  5. Tom Werner:

    This is a market-making type of transaction.

Images & Illustrations of type

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Translations for type

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  • نوع, نمط, طبعArabic
  • типBulgarian
  • প্রকারBengali
  • tipus, teclejarCatalan, Valencian
  • typ, psát na strojiCzech
  • teipioWelsh
  • typeDanish
  • Type, Typ, Typus, Art, Letter, tippenGerman
  • είδος, τύπος, χαρακτήρεςGreek
  • tajpiEsperanto
  • tipo, clase, tipear, escribir a máquina, mecanografiar, identificar el tipo de, teclearSpanish
  • liik, vererühmEstonian
  • نوع‌, نوع, تیپPersian
  • perustyyppi, laji, tyyppi, veriryhmä, enne, kirjasin, luokka, määrittää, näpyttää, kirjoittaa, kirjoittaa koneella, naputtaa, näppäilläFinnish
  • caractère, type, genre, taper à la machine, dactylographier, taperFrench
  • clóscríobhIrish
  • clò, seòrsa, gnè, clò-sgrìobh, taidhpScottish Gaelic
  • סוג, הִקְלִידHebrew
  • तरह, प्रकारHindi
  • legépel, gépelHungarian
  • տեսակ, լիտեր, տպատառ, տիպ, տպելArmenian
  • tag, sort, gerð, tegund, týpa, kynIcelandic
  • tipo, dattilografareItalian
  • タイプ, 種類, 型, 分類, 打つ, [[タイプライター]]で[[打つ]]Japanese
  • შრიფტი, ტიპიGeorgian
  • ប្រភេទKhmer
  • 유형, 타입, 종류, 형, 種類, 타자하다Korean
  • جۆر, نه‌وعKurdish
  • TypLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຊະນິດLao
  • tipasLithuanian
  • asinsgrupa, burtstabiņš, tips, litera, veidsLatvian
  • patopatoMāori
  • jenis, menaipMalay
  • typeNorwegian
  • type, typenDutch
  • typeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • czcionka, typ, rodzajPolish
  • tipo, gênero, digitar, tipar, datilografarPortuguese
  • gen, felRomanian
  • представи́тель, тип, род, шрифт, гру́ппа кро́ви, обра́зчик, ли́тера, вид, печа́тать, напеча́тать, [[писа́ть]] на [[машинкаRussian
  • крвна група, тип, врста, разредSerbo-Croatian
  • typSlovak
  • tipSlovene
  • typ, maskinskrivaSwedish
  • అచ్చు అక్షరము, ఉదాహరణము, మాదిరి, టైపు చేయు, చిహ్నము, శ్రేణి, ఛాయ, వర్గం, లక్షణము, రకముTelugu
  • พิมพ์Thai
  • uriTagalog
  • tipTurkish
  • рід, тип, видUkrainian
  • nhóm, kiểu, chữ in, loại, gõ, đánh máy, đánh chữVietnamese

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