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type (n.)

late 15c., "symbol, emblem," from Latin typus "figure, image, form, kind," from Greek typos "a blow, dent, impression, mark, effect of a blow; figure in relief, image, statue; anything wrought of metal or stone; general form, character; outline, sketch," from root of typtein "to strike, beat," from PIE *tup-, variant of root *(s)teu- (1) "to push, stick, knock, beat" (see steep (adj.)).

Extended 1713 to printing blocks of metal or wood with letters or characters carved on their faces, usually in relief, adapted for use in letterpress printing. The meaning "general form or character of some kind, class" is attested in English by 1843, though the corresponding words had that sense in Latin and Greek. To be (someone's) type "be the sort of person that person is attracted to" is recorded from 1934.

type (v.)

"to write with a typewriter," 1888; see type (n.). Earlier it meant "to symbolize, typify" (1836) and "to foreshadow" (1590s). Related: Typed; typing.

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Definitions of type
1
type (n.)
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing;
what type of sculpture do you prefer?
type (n.)
a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities);
the capable type
Synonyms: character / eccentric / case
type (n.)
(biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon;
type (n.)
printed characters;
small type is hard to read
type (n.)
all of the tokens of the same symbol;
the word `element' contains five different types of character
type (n.)
a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper;
he dropped a case of type, so they made him pick them up
2
type (v.)
write by means of a keyboard with types;
type the acceptance letter, please
Synonyms: typewrite
type (v.)
identify as belonging to a certain type;
Such people can practically be typed
Synonyms: typecast
From wordnet.princeton.edu