from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Printing A typestyle like that of typewritten copy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An operator on a typewriting machine; one who prints characters on paper by means of a type-writer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun One who uses such an instrument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun archaic One who uses a typewriter; a typist.

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

  • noun hand-operated character printer for printing written messages one character at a time


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to typewrite + -er


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  • Remember when we could say anything? There was no delete key. We made the same typographical mistakes over and over again. There was no pause for thought. There was no need to pause. Fingers thought. Brains listened.

    Writing was hammering, and oily, and smelled good too.

    October 17, 2007

  • Yeah, I remember when writing was oily and smelled good. It also made my fingers tired and my wrists hurt. :) But the sound made it almost worth it.

    October 17, 2007

  • True. The sound of a keypad doesn't compare. And it doesn't smell like anything, unless you spill your lunch on it.

    October 17, 2007

  • Eh. Eraser marks cost me my A back in 9th grade keyboarding class. I'm less nostalgic.

    October 18, 2007

  • first typewriter :

    July 3, 2011