Pronunciation Noun

type (plural types)

  1. A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class.
    This type of plane can handle rough weather more easily than that type of plane.
  2. An individual considered typical of its class, one regarded as typifying a certain profession, environment, etc.
  3. An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.
    • 1872, Mary Rose Godfrey, Loyal, volume 3, page 116:
      Altogether he was the type of low ruffianism — as ill-conditioned a looking brute as ever ginned a hare.
  4. (printing, countable) A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.
    1. (uncountable) Such types collectively, or a set of type of one font or size.
    2. (chiefly, uncountable) Text printed with such type, or imitating its characteristics.
      The headline was set in bold type.
  5. (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.
  6. 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.
  7. (medicine) A blood group.
  8. (corpus linguistics) A word that occurs in a text or corpus irrespective of how many times it occurs, as opposed to a token.
  9. (theology) An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event - commonly an Old Testament event linked to Christian times.
  10. (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.
  11. (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.
  12. (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.
  13. (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.)
    • "Types, theory of" V.N. Grishin (originator), in Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Types,_theory_of&oldid=14150
      Logics of the second and higher orders may be regarded as type-theoretic systems.
    Categorial grammar is like a combination of context-free grammar and types.
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  • German: Typus
  • Russian: представи́тель
  • Spanish: tipo
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type (types, present participle typing; past and past participle typed)

  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 of.
    The doctor ordered the lab to type the patient for a blood transfusion.
  4. To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure.
  5. To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify.
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, (please specify ):
      Let us type them now in our own lives.
  6. To categorize into types.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: tipar
  • Spanish: identificar el tipo de

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