In biology, a type is one particular specimen of an organism to which the scientific name of that organism is formally attached. In other words, a type is an example that serves to anchor or centralize the defining features of that particular taxon.

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  1. A grouping based on shared characteristics; a class.
  2. An individual considered typical of its class.
  3. An individual that represents the ideal for its class; an embodiment.
  4. A letter or character used for printing, historically a cast or engraved block.
    1. Such types collectively, or a set of type of one font or size.
    2. Text printed with such type, or imitating its characteristics.
      The headline was set in bold type.
  5. An individual considered representative of members of its taxonomic group.
  6. A blood group.
  7. An event or person that prefigures or foreshadows a later event - commonly an Old Testament event linked to Christian times.
  8. A tag attached to variables and values used in determining which kinds of value can be used in which situations; a data type.
  9. A person of the sort one is usually sexually or romantically attracted to.
  10. The original object, or class of objects, scene, face, or conception, which becomes the subject of a copy; especially, the design on the face of a medal or a coin.
  11. A simple compound, used as a mode or pattern to which other compounds are conveniently regarded as being related, and from which they may be actually or theoretically derived.
    The fundamental types used to express the simplest and most essential chemical relations are hydrochloric acid, water, ammonia, and methane.


  1. To put text on paper using a typewriter.
  2. To enter text or commands into a computer using a keyboard.
  3. To determine the blood type of.
    The doctor ordered the lab to type the patient for a blood transfusion.
  4. To represent by a type, model, or symbol beforehand; to prefigure.
  5. To furnish an expression or copy of; to represent; to typify.

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