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definition of the word type

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From Latin typus from Ancient Greek τύπος (tupos), mark, impression, type), from τύπτω (tuptō), I strike, beat).



type (plural types)

  1. A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class.
  2. An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.
  3. (printing) A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.
    • Such type collectively, or a set of type of one font or size.
    • Text printed with such type (e.g., "set in bold type").
  4. (biology) An individual considered representative of members of its taxonomic group: the type of a genus, family, etc.
  5. (biology) A blood group.
  6. (theology) An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event - commonly Old Testament events linked to Christian times.
  7. (computing theory) A tag attached to variables and values used in determining what values may be assigned to what variables.

grouping based on shared characteristics

printing block

individual representative of its group


computing theory

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