1. The mark
of something; stamp; impressed sign; emblem.
2. Form or nature
impressed; style; semblance.
3. A figure
or representation of something to come; a token; a sign; a symbol; correlative to antitype.
4. That which possesses or exemplifies quality qualities; the representative.
Specifically: A common form or structure general to a number of individuals; hence, the ideal representation of a species, genus, or another group, combining the essential characteristics; an animal or plant possessing or exemplifying the essential characteristics of a species, genus, or another group. Also, a group or division of animals having a determined typical or quality structure of body maintained within the group.
A simple compound, used as a mode or pattern to which another 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, HCl; water, H2O; ammonia, NH3; and methane, CH4.
5. A raised letter, figure, accent, or another nature, cast in metal or cut in tree, used in printing. Such letters or characters, in common, or the intact quantity of them used in printing, spoken of collectively; any number or mass of such letters or characters, however disposed.
Origin: F. Type; cf. It. Tipo, from L. Typus a figure, image, a form, type, nature, Gr. The mark of a blow, impression, form of nature, model, from the root of to beat, strike; cf. Skr. Tup to hurt.
Source: Websters Vocabulary