Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A number of people or things having in common traits or characteristics that distinguish them as a group or class.
  • n. The general character or structure held in common by a number of people or things considered as a group or class.
  • n. A person or thing having the features of a group or class.
  • n. An example or a model having the ideal features of a group or class; an embodiment: "He was the perfect type of a military dandy” ( Joyce Cary).
  • n. A person regarded as exemplifying a particular profession, rank, or social group: a group of executive types; a restaurant frequented by tourist types.
  • n. A figure, representation, or symbol of something to come, such as an event in the Old Testament that foreshadows another in the New Testament.
  • n. A taxonomic group, especially a genus or species, chosen as the representative example in characterizing the larger taxonomic group to which it belongs.
  • n. See holotype.
  • n. Printing A small block of metal or wood bearing a raised letter or character on the upper end that leaves a printed impression when inked and pressed on paper.
  • n. Printing Such pieces considered as a group.
  • n. Printing Printed or typewritten characters; print.
  • n. Printing A size or style of printed or typewritten characters; a typeface: a sans-serif type.
  • n. A pattern, a design, or an image impressed or stamped onto the face of a coin.
  • transitive v. To write (something) with a typewriter; typewrite.
  • transitive v. To determine the antigenic characteristics of (a blood or tissue sample).
  • transitive v. To typecast.
  • transitive v. To represent or typify.
  • transitive v. To prefigure.
  • intransitive v. To write with a typewriter; typewrite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class.
  • n. An individual considered typical of its class.
  • n. An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.
  • n. A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.
  • n. An individual considered representative of members of its taxonomic group.
  • n. A blood group.
  • n. An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event - commonly an Old Testament event linked to Christian times.
  • n. A tag attached to variables and values used in determining which kinds of value can be used in which situations; a data type.
  • v. To put text on paper using a typewriter.
  • v. To enter text or commands into a computer using a keyboard.
  • v. To determine the blood type of.
  • v. To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure.
  • v. To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mark or impression of something; stamp; impressed sign; emblem.
  • n. Form or character impressed; style; semblance.
  • n. A figure or representation of something to come; a token; a sign; a symbol; -- correlative to antitype.
  • n. That which possesses or exemplifies characteristic qualities; the representative.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A simple compound, used as a model or pattern to which other compounds are conveniently regarded as being related, and from which they may be actually or theoretically derived.
  • n.
  • n. A raised letter, figure, accent, or other character, cast in metal or cut in wood, used in printing.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure.
  • transitive v. To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To use a type-writer.
  • To exhibit or constitute a type of; typify.
  • To reproduce in type, or by impression from types, as with a type-writer.
  • n. The four types first recognized and frequently referred to, namely, hydrochloric acid, water, ammonia, and marsh-gas, simply represent the first four degrees of valence, monad, dyad, triad, and tetrad.
  • n. A distinguishing mark or sign; a classifying stamp or emblem; a mark or an object serving for a symbol or an index, or anything that indicates office, occupation, or character.
  • n. Something that has a representative or symbolical significance; an emblem, or an emblematic instance.
  • n. Specifically, a prefigurement; aforeshadowing of, or that which foreshows, some reality to come, which is called the antitype; particularly, in theology, a person, thing, or event in the Old Testament regarded as foreshowing or betokening a corresponding reality of the new dispensation; a prophetic similitude: as, the paschal lamb is the type of Christ (who is the antitype).
  • n. A characteristic embodiment; a definitive example or standard; an exemplar; a pattern; a model.
  • n. A representative style, mode, or structure; a characteristic assemblage of particulars or qualities.
  • n. In biology, specifically, a main division of the animal or vegetable kingdom; a sub-kingdom, branch, phylum, or province.
  • n. A model or style that serves as a guide; a general plan or standard for the doing of anything; especially, in the arts, the plan, idea, or conception upon which anything is modeled or according to which any work is executed.
  • n. A right-angled prism-shaped piece of metal or wood, having for its face a letter or character (usually in high relief), adapted for use in letterpress printing; collectively, the assemblage of the stamped characters used for printing; types inthe aggregate.
  • n. In numismatics, the principal device or subject on the obverse and reverse of a coin or medal.
  • n. In chem., a fundamental chemical compound which represents the structure of a large number of other and more complex compounds.
  • n. In church hist., an edict of the emperor Constans II., issued in 648.
  • n. In mathematics, a succession of symbols susceptible of + and—signs.
  • n. upon the face of the generic diagnosis originally made, or
  • n. upon the specific contents—that is, upon the species actually grouped under the generic name. Nearly all the older genera were made more comprehensive than modern genera are allowed to be, and have been restricted by reference of nearly all (often of all but one) of their usually numerous species to other genera; yet a generic name once established upon any species must always rest upon some (one or more) species; hence the occasion and the necessity for the determination of the type species in every such case. This has been done mainly in three ways.
  • n. The first species given by an author in the list of the species of his genus is arbitrarily assumed to be his type species. But this is a mere convention, which often becomes an absurdity.
  • n. The species which agrees best with the author's diagnosis of his genus is selected as the type species. This is reasonable, but it is at best a matter of opinion, and opinions differ enough to unsettle the whole system of nomenclature if each is to be allowed its own full weight.
  • n. The most feasible and only safe procedure is to consider that species to be the type species which has as a matter of fact been left in the original genus from which the other species have been successively detached to form new genera; or, if there be more than one left, to choose the best-known, that being almost always the one which has oftenest borne the original generic name, and hence is most closely identified with it. For example: Let there be a Linnean genus Aba, with 3 species, A: oca, A. ada, and A, aga; let A. ada and A. aga have been detached as types respectively of two new genera; then A. aca remains as the type species of the original genus Aba, in its now restricted sense. This rule is applicable with force and precision to thousands of questionable cases; and its observance, together with insistence upon the fundamental law of priority, tends to the utmost attainable fixity of zoological and botanical nomenclature.
  • n. Synonyms Image, shadow, adumbration, prophecy.
  • n. 2 and Symbol, etc. See emblem.
  • n. 4–6, Prototype, archetype, standard form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. all of the tokens of the same symbol
  • n. (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon
  • v. write by means of a keyboard with types
  • n. a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper
  • n. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
  • n. printed characters
  • v. identify as belonging to a certain type
  • n. a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

Etymologies

Middle English, symbol, from Late Latin typus, type, from Latin, image, from Greek tupos, impression.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin typus, from Ancient Greek τύπος (tupos, "mark, impression, type"), from τύπτω (tuptō, "I strike, beat"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    Renée Mauperin

  • And when I post things on here, I'm always thinking 'will that sit right with everyone else, cause they're AS, so they would probably like something like this ... * type type type*' as apposed to 'this is me, I hope you like who I am, shame if you don't'.

    Wrong Planet Asperger / Autism Forums

  • Converts a text string into an enumerated text of the type specified by _type. and if you're Dynamics Ax is configured in English, this code will work fine.

    MSDN Blogs

  • And since convertibles are pretty rare in your code, you have cars be sedans by default. class Car attr_reader: type def initialize (type =: sedan) @type = type end def door_count case type when: convertible when: sedan end end def go_forward end end

    RubyForge Gems

  • Where Type = @type if only one type is ok, more one is error example:

    ASP.NET Forums

  • Useful to construct a custom format, such as % ICON { "% URLPARAM {type} %" format = "$icon $type is a $description file"} %

    TWiki.Codev

  • $type = 'topic_id'; break; default: trigger_error ( 'No type defined');

    phpBB.com

  • "SELECT [category], [value], [type] FROM [categories] WHERE ([type] = @type)"

    ASP.NET Forums

  • PDO:: PARAM_STR, $maxlen = null, $driverdata = null) {$this - > bound_params [$paramno] = array ( 'value' = > & $param, 'type' = > $type, 'maxlen' = >

    Davey Shafik

  • SqlCommand cmd; string cmdstring = "Select policy from Table1 where type = '" +type+ "'and MinAge

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  • I like this one, too:

    "4. Specifically, a prefigurement; aforeshadowing of, or that which foreshows, some reality to come, which is called the antitype; particularly, in theology, a person, thing, or event in the Old Testament regarded as foreshowing or betokening a corresponding reality of the new dispensation; a prophetic similitude: as, the paschal lamb is the type of Christ (who is the antitype)."

    --CD&C

    November 7, 2011

  • "The four types first recognized and frequently referred to, namely, hydrochloric acid, water, ammonia, and marsh-gas, simply represent the first four degrees of valence, monad, dyad, triad, and tetrad."

    --CD&C

    April 18, 2011

  • This brilliant little animated gif illustrates the less attractive aspects of typing.

    October 14, 2007