agate line


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agate line

n.
A measure of space, usually one column wide and 1/14 of an inch deep, used especially for classified advertisements.

ag′ate line`


n.
a measure of advertising space, one column wide and ¼ of an inch deep.
[1880–85]
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Noun1.agate line - space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertisingagate line - space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
area unit, square measure - a system of units used to measure areas
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An agate line is 1/14 of a column inch (14 lines per inch).
Could the answer -- at least a subliminal one -- lie in the agate line printed above the headline, which said, "The following article is based on reporting by Dean Baquet, Jeff Gerth and Stephen Labaton and was written by Mr.
By cutting a page into nine-column agate lines, a newspaper could charge triple or quadruple the rate for an open page.