- 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 of pica; 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 of picaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin magpie: see pie
- 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 of picaProbably from Medieval Latin pīca, list of church services (perhaps from the typeface used to print it).
Origin of picaNew Latin pīca, from Latin, magpie (from its omnivorous nature).
(usually uncountable, plural picas)
From Latin pīca (“magpie, jay”) (from the idea that magpies will eat almost anything).
(countable and uncountable, plural picas)
The printing senses are probably from named the obsolete service book, which used this type size (compare canon and brevier) . In turn seemingly from Latin pīca (“magpie”), after the piebald appearance of the typeset page (compare pie (“disordered type”)).
- Archaic form of pika. (small rodent)
- ACPI, paci
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.