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Pronunciation:  'stereeu`tIp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a conventional or formulaic conception or image; "regional stereotypes have been part of America since its founding"
  2. [v]  treat or classify according to a mental stereotype; "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
 Synonyms: pigeonhole, stamp
 See Also: assort, class, classify, internal representation, mental representation, representation, separate, sort, sort out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ste"re*o*type\, n. [Stereo- + -type: cf. F.
    1. A plate forming an exact faximile of a page of type or of
       an engraving, used in printing books, etc.; specifically,
       a plate with type-metal face, used for printing.
    Note: A stereotype, or stereotypr plate, is made by setting
          movable type as for ordinary printing; from these a
          cast is taken in plaster of Paris, paper pulp, or the
          like, and upon this cast melted type metal is poured,
          which, when hardened, makes a solid page or column,
          from which the impression is taken as from type.
    2. The art or process of making such plates, or of executing
       work by means of them.
    {Stereotype block}, a block, usually of wood, to which a
       stereotype plate is attached while being used in printing.
  2. \Ste"re*o*type\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stereotyped};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Stereotyping}.] [Cf. F. st['e]r['e]otyper.]
    1. To prepare for printing in stereotype; to make the
       stereotype plates of; as, to stereotype the Bible.
    2. Fig.: To make firm or permanent; to fix.
             Powerful causes tending to stereotype and aggravate
             the poverty of old conditions.        --Duke of
                                                   Argyll (1887).