Font meaning

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A receptacle for holy water; a stoup.
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A basin for holding baptismal water in a church.
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The definition of a font is a water container, a source, or a style of type.

An example of a font is the basin that holds holy water.

An example of a font is the place where knowledge comes from; the font of all knowledge.

An example of a font is Adobe Garamond.

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The oil reservoir in an oil-burning lamp.
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An abundant source; a fount.

She was a font of wisdom and good sense.

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A complete set of type of one size and face.
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A source or origin.
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(printing) A complete assortment of type in one size and style.
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A set of type characters of a particular typeface design and size. Each typeface, such as Times Roman, Helvetica and Arial, is typically made available in four variations: normal weight, bold, italic and bold italic. Thus, for bitmapped fonts, which are fully generated ahead of time, four fonts would be required for each point size of the typeface. For scalable fonts, which are generated in any point size on the fly, only four fonts would be required for each typeface.Font StorageFonts mostly reside in the computer's hard disk as "soft fonts." However, with PostScript fonts, a basic set is built into the printer along with the PostScript rasterizing engine. In the early days, plug-in cartridges were common (see font cartridge). See typeface, bitmapped font, scalable font, TrueType and PostScript fonts.
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A receptacle in a church for holy water - especially one used in baptism.
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A receptacle for oil in a lamp.
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(figuratively) Spring, source, fountain.
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(typography) A set of glyphs of unified design, belonging to one typeface (e.g., Helvetica), style (e.g., italic), and weight (e.g., bold). Usually representing the letters of an alphabet and its supplementary characters.
  • In metal typesetting, a set of type sorts in one size.
  • In phototypesetting, a set of patterns forming glyphs of any size, or the film they are stored on.
  • In digital typesetting, a set of glyphs in a single style, representing one or more alphabets or writing systems, or the computer code representing it.
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(computing) A computer file containing the code used to draw and compose the glyphs of one or more typographic fonts on a computer display or printer. A font file.
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(figuratively) A source, wellspring, fount.
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(archaic) A fountain or spring.
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Origin of font

  • French fonte casting from Old French (from Vulgar Latin fundita) (from Late Latin) (feminine of *funditus) (past participle of Latin fundere to pour forth fondant) or from Old French fondre to melt (from Latin fundere)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English from Late Latin fōns font- from Latin fountain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of verb fondre (“to melt”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Apparently from fount, with influence from the senses above (under etymology 1).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English font, from Latin fons (“fountain”).

    From Wiktionary