Type

Definition of Type

Pronunciation: tīp
n.1.The mark or impression of something; stamp; impressed sign; emblem.
2.Form or character impressed; style; semblance.
Thy father bears the type of king of Naples.
- Shak.
3.A figure or representation of something to come; a token; a sign; a symbol; - correlative to antitype.
4.(Biol.) That which possesses or exemplifies characteristic qualities; the representative.
5.(Fine Arts) The original object, or class of objects, scene, face, or conception, which becomes the subject of a copy; esp., the design on the face of a medal or a coin.
5.(Typog.) A raised letter, figure, accent, or other character, cast in metal or cut in wood, used in printing.
Point system of type bodies
(Type Founding) a system adopted by the type founders of the United States by which the various sizes of type have been so modified and changed that each size bears an exact proportional relation to every other size. The system is a modification of a French system, and is based on the pica body. This pica body is divided into twelfths, which are termed "points," and every type body consist of a given number of these points. Many of the type founders indicate the new sizes of type by the number of points, and the old names are gradually being done away with. By the point system type founders cast type of a uniform size and height, whereas formerly fonts of pica or other type made by different founders would often vary slightly so that they could not be used together. There are no type in actual use corresponding to the smaller theoretical sizes of the point system. In some cases, as in that of ruby, the term used designates a different size from that heretofore so called.
Type founder
one who casts or manufacture type.
Type foundry
a place for the manufacture of type.
Type metal
an alloy used in making type, stereotype plates, etc., and in backing up electrotype plates. It consists essentially of lead and antimony, often with a little tin, nickel, or copper.
Type wheel
a wheel having raised letters or characters on its periphery, and used in typewriters, printing telegraphs, etc.
Unity of type
(Biol.) that fundamental agreement in structure which is seen in organic beings of the same class, and is quite independent of their habits of life.
- Darwin.
6.(Chem.) A simple compound, used as a model or pattern to which other compounds are conveniently regarded as being related, and from which they may be actually or theoretically derived.
v. t.1.To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure.
[imp. & p. p. Typed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Typing.]
2.To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify.
Let us type them now in our own lives.
- Tennyson.

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