A typewriter is a machine. People used it to type letters and books. Early ones, and later cheap ones, were "manual" typewriters, powered entirely by the user. After the middle 20th century electric typewriters, powered by a motor, became commonplace. Nowadays people use a computer and a printer for the same thing.
The paper is usually held by a platen, a cylinder that is automatically moved along with a carriage when a key is struck.
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