from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A writing machine that produces characters similar to typeset print by means of a manually operated keyboard that actuates a set of raised types, which strike the paper through an inked ribbon.
- n. Printing A typestyle like that of typewritten copy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device, at least partially mechanical, used to print text by pressing keys that cause type to be impressed through an inked ribbon onto paper.
- n. One who uses a typewriter; a typist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for writing by means of type, a typewheel, or the like, in which the operator makes use of a sort of keyboard, in order to obtain printed impressions of the characters upon paper.
- n. One who uses such an instrument.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A machine for mechanical writing, operated by hand, and printing one letter, or combination of letters, at a time, by the impress of type adapted to the purpose. There are now several distinct types of these machines.
- n. An operator on a typewriting machine; one who prints characters on paper by means of a type-writer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hand-operated character printer for printing written messages one character at a time
If the symbols are letters and the typewriter is a key prop to communicate between dimensions then …
The simplicity of the typewriter is alluring to writers who may be overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by increasingly elaborate technology.
For those unaware of these strange antiquated devices, a typewriter is a portable input-output device (sort of a combined keyboard-printer, with the user's brain acting as CPU).
If not then the good old fashioned pen to paper or typewriter is as great an option.
A typewriter is also appealing in its transparency -- whack a key, and watch the typebar smack a letter onto a piece of paper.
My sister got a Barbie convertible that year, and I got a baby blue Brother children's typewriter and a stack of thin typewriter paper.
I like Cub Reporter, but the typewriter is HUUUUUGE.
Classic litigator tactics, reflecting a "my typewriter is sterner than yours" age-old tactic.
The story of how Gibson wrote Neuromancer on a manual typewriter is legend, and it says a lot about the differences between the cyberpunk ethos and the extropian ethos.
After all, the acquisition cost of a typewriter is less than that of a computer but not many of you would now want to be tapping away on an Underwood.