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From Middle English type (“symbol, figure, emblem”), from Latin typus, from Ancient Greek τύπος (túpos, “mark, impression, type”), from τύπτω (túptō, “I strike, beat”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tewp-, extended from *(s)tew- (“to push, hit”).
Cognates include Sanskrit तोपति (tópati, “to hurt”), Latin stupeō and Old Church Slavonic тъпати (tŭpati).
- IPA(key): /taɪp/
type (plural types)
- A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class.
- This type of plane can handle rough weather more easily than that type of plane.
- An individual considered typical of their class, one regarded as typifying a certain profession, environment, etc.
- An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.
- (printing, countable) A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.
- (uncountable) Such types collectively, or a set of type of one font or size.
- (chiefly uncountable) Text printed with such type or imitating its characteristics.
- The headline was set in bold type.
- (taxonomy) Something, often a specimen, selected as an objective anchor to connect a scientific name to a taxon; this need not be representative or typical.
- Preferred sort of person; sort of person that one is attracted to.
- We can’t get along: he’s just not my type.
- He was exactly her type.
- (medicine) A blood group.
- (corpus linguistics) A word that occurs in a text or corpus irrespective of how many times it occurs, as opposed to a token.
- (theology) An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event – commonly an Old Testament event linked to Christian times.
- (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.
- (fine arts) The original object, or class of objects, scene, face, or conception, which becomes the subject of a copy; especially, the design on the face of a medal or a coin.
- (chemistry) 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.
- The fundamental types used to express the simplest and most essential chemical relations are hydrochloric acid, water, ammonia, and methane.
- (mathematics) A part of the partition of the object domain of a logical theory (which due to the existence of such partition, would be called a typed theory). (Note: this corresponds to the notion of “data type” in computing theory.)
- Categorial grammar is like a combination of context-free grammar and types.
type (third-person singular simple present types, present participle typing, simple past, and past participle typed)
- To put text on paper using a typewriter.
- To enter text or commands into a computer using a keyboard.
- To determine the blood type of.
- The doctor ordered the lab to type the patient for a blood transfusion.
- To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure.
- To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify.
- To categorize into types.