Definition of type in English:

type

noun

  • 1A category of people or things having common characteristics.

    ‘this type of heather grows better in a drier habitat’
    ‘blood types’
    • ‘The commonest type of trichome is uniseriate, two to four-celled, with a clavate or subclavate terminal cell.’
    • ‘Three types of sharks are common in the area: the sand tiger shark, bull shark and scalloped hammerhead.’
    • ‘To point the way, they suggest four designs geared to the most common types of laneway lots.’
    • ‘Now a test for detecting cancer very early by picking out cells sensitised against tumour and antigens common to all types of cancer, has been developed.’
    • ‘The most common types of sports injuries are sprains and strains.’
    • ‘The following are some of the most common types of media and their characteristics.’
    • ‘First we'll run down the basic differences between the more common types of beer.’
    • ‘The three most common types of conjunctivitis are: viral, allergic and bacterial.’
    • ‘I think the common explanation for these types of addictions is that they are an ‘escape’ from a miserable life.’
    • ‘The tips are the same type of common sense platitudinous advice that columnists dispense on a regular basis.’
    • ‘The N-Profiles are the most common types and the easiest to treat.’
    • ‘There are also other, less common types of seizure.’
    • ‘Classed as a primitive breed, they bear little resemblance to more common types of sheep with thick white fleeces.’
    • ‘Counterfeiting is one of the most common types of card fraud.’
    • ‘Rates for at least six common types of cancer, country by country, correlate with the consumption of animal source food.’
    • ‘The most common types are the blacksmith plover, kittlitz's plover and spur-winged plover.’
    • ‘A common type of invisible bra consists of two cups made of thick silicone sheets with an adhesive inner layer.’
    • ‘With the information you have given me, I can only give you the common types of rashes in her age group.’
    • ‘This type of cancer is common in men but there is an increasing incidence of women sufferers in Ireland.’
    • ‘Nutritionists and fitness gurus have created an entire lexicon based on fruits to describe common body types.’
    kind, sort, variety, class, category, classification, group, set, bracket, genre, genus, species, family, order, breed, race, strain
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    1. 1.1 A person, thing, or event considered as a representative of a type.
      ‘it's not the type of car I'd want my daughter to drive’
      ‘I'm an adventurous type’
      • ‘The abortion protester who called to let me know he took down my license plate number and car type.’
      • ‘Pilots can qualify for any Hang Gliding Cat 1 event on any type of hang glider.’
      • ‘Are certain personality types more attracted to certain sports, like in careers?’
      • ‘The San Marco grandmother says she's the adventurous type and likes the outdoors.’
      • ‘"Clearly, the irresponsible use of fireworks falls within this type of behaviour.’
      • ‘The final type tends to be in the minority, but they usually speak the loudest.’
      • ‘This is substantial dealing, putting you just one category below the maximum category for this type of offence.’
      • ‘Politics attracts a certain type of guy: the narcissistic showman, hungry for attention and holding centre stage.’
      • ‘Often this type of gambler offers attractive odds on a horse losing.’
      • ‘In any event that type of financial information can all too often be unreliable as it is either self-serving or of doubtful utility.’
      • ‘In order to recognize a particular personality type, the authors suggest taking note of specific linguistic cues.’
      • ‘She told The Echo that this type of tourism is adventurous, sometimes a novelty and makes it possible to meet new friends.’
      • ‘Norwich Union's recent study claims that we Brits fall into five categories - which type are you?’
      • ‘Now, if you are the more adventurous type, how about a trip on our very own roads, with live entertainment, no less.’
      • ‘Burned structures of this type are particularly well represented at the Orendorf site.’
      • ‘I'm not generally a fancy event type of person, but last night's was a good time.’
      • ‘It allows COs to compare their unit by such categories as aircraft type and community.’
      • ‘Each point represents one soil type and one growing season (R, significant at 99 % confidence level).’
      • ‘For Williams, the poet must discover this type of news and represent it in all its profundity.’
      • ‘We should also add someone like the senator here, who is seen as a sort of nonpartisan type of gentleman.’
      • ‘This type occurs amongst representatives of most sections examined.’
      • ‘The discussion about this issue was deferred to future events of this type.’
      • ‘At the Olympics there are flatwater and slalom events for each type of boat.’
    2. 1.2informal [with modifier] A person of a specified character or nature.
      ‘professor types in tweed’
      • ‘I was very withdrawn and I think he spotted that I was the artist type - and he was right.’
      • ‘Today, the island is a haven for artists and New Age types.’
      • ‘So whether it's teens watching Buffy or executives watching their budgets, the distracted mobile user seems to be a common type.’
      • ‘New York has become so expensive that fun, crazy artist and musician types can no longer afford to live or move here.’
      • ‘A strong silent type would fit the bill as this character is on stage throughout the first half but doesn't say a word.’
      • ‘The crowd is a cool mix of models, media types and funky cool Londoners.’
      • ‘These artist types are always trying to deconstruct analysis.’
      • ‘However, it has not become ugly or vulgar due to the nature of the tourists, who are sporty, outdoor types.’
      • ‘You are very tentative in the world and introverted with people - which means you are the shy and silent type.’
      • ‘But Spock is the reason I go for the strong silent unemotional type.’
      • ‘The clubs here are peopled with artists and literary types rather than toffs and wideboys.’
      • ‘We like our heroes humble in Ireland, strong, silent types who keep the head down and go about their business in an uncomplicated manner.’
      • ‘But the truly startling thing is that these ideas are apparently common currency among special-ops types today.’
      • ‘This is just as true among linguists, alas, as it is among literary types.’
      • ‘First, I have great respect for the lexicographic types who do these searches.’
      • ‘Yes, luckily for all you proper sporty types, tracksuits are quite the outfit to be seen in this season.’
      • ‘More than half of all taxpayers pay someone to do their taxes, so it's not surprising that criminal types are seeking a piece of the action.’
      • ‘At the vet clinic they pretty much pull out the Kevlar but we civilian types can't go full metal jacket.’
      • ‘And it is instructive that the people who think this is a good idea are artists and artistic types.’
      • ‘With a warm and friendly atmosphere, it draws an eclectic crowd of artists and business types.’
      • ‘For years he was the epitome of the strong, silent type, a defensive cyborg who could count on one hand the mistakes he made in his entire career.’
      • ‘Model types sip at their sea breezes and dance the night away.’
      • ‘All three of those cities are in dire need of more skateboard artist types to invade their shores.’
      person, individual, character, sort
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    3. 1.3one's typeinformal The sort of person one likes or finds attractive.
      ‘she's not really my type’
      • ‘Ellie was attractive though not my type but I have to admit there was some sort of attraction.’
      • ‘"So she doesn't think I’m her type, huh?" Luke grunted as he hoisted his body up once more.’
      • ‘Are you keen on a guy but think that you're not his type?’
    4. 1.4Linguistics An abstract category or class of linguistic item or unit, as distinct from actual occurrences in speech or writing.
      Contrasted with token
      • ‘All of these elements vary in their structural details, and perched songs can easily be categorized as distinct types.’
      • ‘The C declarations may define types and variables used in the actions.’
      • ‘A domain already exists on the system that matches either or both the type or the name that has been specified.’
      • ‘These were carried out for the annotation of anaphor types and their antecedents, and for the segmentation of the dialogues into dialogue acts.’
      • ‘There we list the five basic clause types, and give an example of each.’
      • ‘The concepts [dog], [cat], [horse], as well as [animal], occupy the abstract domain of types.’
      • ‘When discussing linguistic items like letters and sentences, contemporary philosophers distinguish types from tokens.’
      • ‘Older style guides make two firm points about the difference between the two types of clause.’
  • 2A person or thing symbolizing or exemplifying the ideal or defining characteristics of something.

    ‘she characterized his witty sayings as the type of modern wisdom’
    • ‘The style of winemaking is very much in the big and bold French Bordeaux type.’
    epitome, quintessence, essence, perfect example, archetype, model, pattern, paradigm, exemplar, embodiment, personification, avatar
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    1. 2.1 An object, conception, or work of art serving as a model for subsequent artists.
      • ‘His use of sfumato and his figure types seem closer to the art of Lorenzo Lotto.’
      • ‘From these outsiders a collection of work emerged that produced the spectrum of recognisably Art Brut types.’
    2. 2.2Zoology Botany An organism or taxon chosen as having the essential characteristics of its group.
      • ‘Thus, the origin of the mesoderm is clearly of the deuterostome type in phoronids and brachiopods.’
    3. 2.3
      short for type specimen
  • 3Printed characters or letters.

    ‘bold or italic type’
    • ‘Parameters to which the model is sensitive are in bold type.’
    • ‘Lesson One in printing on cheap newsprint is surely never to print black type over a highly coloured background.’
    • ‘Those positions located in the catalytic core of the ribozyme are shown in italicized boldface type.’
    • ‘Headings in bold type naturally lead the eye to the photo captions contained within the body of the text.’
    • ‘Loci of noncoding markers that have possible codominant alleles are in boldface italic type.’
    • ‘Also important is the relationship between room size and video display screen size and type.’
    • ‘She quickly opened the folder and flicked through some of the pages, her eyes skimming over the bold type.’
    • ‘Later, the sign was replaced by a new one, just as lavish, on which the message was printed in larger type.’
    • ‘As if to emphasise the point, the report prints the comment in bold type.’
    • ‘Predictions of exceptionally high tides are given in bold type.’
    • ‘She turned her attention to a stack of home health orders, with type so small she could hardly read it.’
    • ‘It's not often that an author is prompted to make a statement in bold type to correct what he sees as a gross misunderstanding.’
    • ‘He has adopted the usual practice on page 57 of using bold type, separating out the order that he is making.’
    • ‘Each religion is announced in bold type followed by a paragraph or two of elementary explanation.’
    • ‘It consists of the title and not more than three sentences presented in bold type which is larger than some of the section titles.’
    • ‘The final paragraph of the letter, printed in bold type, made it very clear what would happen if they didn't accept.’
    • ‘I have used bold type to indicate any item or portion thereof that has been revised.’
    • ‘Such themes are all clearly presented in the body of the commentary and helpfully emphasised in bold type.’
    • ‘Certain characteristics distinguish one type of print from another.’
    • ‘It suggests that exact quantities should be printed clearly in larger type on the front of packages and should be easily understood.’
    • ‘This message appeared in bold type across the front of a postcard sent by my sister in 1989, when my husband and I bought our first home.’
    print, typeface, face, characters, lettering, letters
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    1. 3.1 A piece of metal with a raised letter or character on its upper surface, for use in letterpress printing.
      • ‘Each is characterized by diagnostic pottery and metal types.’
      • ‘Suddenly, it was no longer necessary to stock separate arrays of lead type for each point size.’
    2. 3.2 The pieces of metal used in letterpress printing collectively.
      • ‘As with the Bixler pieces, printer's type was used to impress an inscription around the rim.’
      • ‘The inscriptions were created by pressing printer's type into the clay before it hardened.’
  • 4A design on either side of a medal or coin.

  • 5Theology
    A foreshadowing in the Old Testament of a person or event of the Christian tradition.

Phrases

  • in type

    • Composed and ready for printing.

      • ‘He unfortunately died in February 1897 and it soon transpired that the manuscript was not in the hands of the Club and so nothing could be set in type.’
      • ‘At this point in history, it was the often uneducated printer who would decide which words were set in type and which were not, since he could be prosecuted by the authorities.’
      • ‘No printer would risk his skin by setting the words in type.’

Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense symbol, emblem): from French, or from Latin typus, from Greek tupos impression, figure, type from tuptein to strike The use in printing dates from the early 18th century; the general sense category with common characteristics arose in the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation:

type

/tīp/