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(1)   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"
(2)   A subdivision of a particular kind of thing
"What type of sculpture do you prefer?"
(3)   All of the tokens of the same symbol
"The word `element' contains five different types of character"
(4)   Printed characters
"Small type is hard to read"
(5)   (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon
(6)   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"


(7)   Identify as belonging to a certain type
"Such people can practically be typed"
(8)   Write by means of a keyboard with types
"Type the acceptance letter, please"


From from , from .


  1. A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class.
  2. An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.
  3. A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.
    • Such type collectively, or a set of type of one font or size.
    • Text printed with such type (e.g., "set in bold type").
  4. An individual considered representative of members of its taxonomic group: the type of a genus, family, etc.
  5. A blood group.
  6. An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event - commonly Old Testament events linked to Christian times.
  7. A tag attached to variables and values used in determining what values may be assigned to what variables.


class, genre, kind, sort data type sort
  • See also Wikisaurus:class


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