pica definition by Webster's New World
- a size of type, 12 point
- the height of this type, about inch: used as a typographical unit of measure
- a size of type for typewriters, measuring 10 characters to the linear inch
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin a directory, church manual (see pie): uncertain or unknown; perhaps in reference to type used in printing it
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Latin magpie: see pie
pica definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A printer's unit of type size, equal to 12 points or about 1/6 of an inch.b. An equivalent unit of composition measurement used in determining the dimensions of lines, illustrations, or printed pages.
- A type size for typewriters, providing ten characters to the inch.
Origin: Probably from Medieval Latin pīca, list of church services (perhaps from the typeface used to print it).
Origin: New Latin pīca, from Latin, magpie (from its omnivorous nature).
pica - Computer Definition
(1) In word processing, a monospaced font that prints 10 characters per inch.
(2) In typography, about 1/6th of an inch (0.166") or 12 points.
pica - Medical Definition