General English

General Science

  • noun a category with members sharing some properties
  • noun a definition of the processes or sorts of data which a variable in a computer can contain, e.g. numbers or text only


  • noun a sort or category of something
  • noun printed characters on a page
  • verb to enter information via a keyboard


  • Things which have one or more characteristics in common which enable them as a group to be distinguished from other classes. Also, the traits that differentiate such a type.
  • A specific thing which is of a specified type (1).
  • A manner of classifying data. The specification of a data type dictates the way a program handles the data. For instance, most applications can not calculate text. Other examples of data types include integers, real numbers, Boolean, and floating point. Also called data type.
  • To use a typewriter to write or store characters.
  • To use a computer keyboard for data entry.

Human Resources

  • verb to key words using a computer keyboard, word processor or typewriter

Information & Library Science

  • noun metal characters used for printing

Media Studies

  • noun printed words, letters or symbols as they appear on a page
  • noun an individual piece of type bearing a single character
  • noun the set of small metal blocks used in printing, especially formerly, each of which has a raised figure that is the mirror image of a number or letter on one of its sides


  • verb to write using a computer keyboard

Origin & History of “type”

The etymological notion underlying the word type is of making an impression by ‘striking’. It comes via Latin typus from Greek túpos ‘blow, impression’, a derivative of túptein ‘hit’. In post-classical Latin the meaning ‘form, sort’ evolved (in much the same way as it did in the case of stamp). The more concrete metaphorical attachment to ‘making a mark by stamping’ had already been made in the classical period, and this eventually led in the 18th century to the use of English type for a ‘printing block with a letter on it’.