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A fine line finishing off the main strokes of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.

[Perhaps from Dutch schreef, line, from Middle Dutch scrēve, from scriven, to write, from Latin scrībere; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈsɛrɪf) or rarely


(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a small line at the extremities of a main stroke in a type character
[C19: perhaps from Dutch schreef dash, probably of Germanic origin, compare Old High German screvōn to engrave]


(ˈsɛr ɪf)

a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of E.
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Noun1.serif - a short line at the end of the main strokes of a character
printing process, printing - reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
line - a mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart"


nSerife f
adj fontserifenbetont
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In order to provide as much contrast as possible, 160 point Bodoni, with its contrasting weights and hairline serifs and Monotype's Franklin Bold Condensed were used as tracing references.
Serifs are the small ornaments at the end of strokes which occur in many fonts (e.
Serif: Are fonts with serifs and are divided into other five fundamental groups: old-style or garald, transitional, modern or didones, Egyptian and glyphic.
get ready to retract the idea of serifs, the pennants that pull the eye
The vertical position of the bar in serif fonts is mostly around 50% of the ascender, excluding the height of serifs.
A heavy but generous font with soft serifs, casual curves and a pleasant inclination and no hint of sharpness," say the Pentagram designers.
Optical middle is obviously lower than 50% due to the x-height and serifs.
The serifs also draw your reader's eyes from one letter to another.
For ages, they have been willing to throw down over the merits of serif versus sans-serif typefaces - whether or not letters should carry little decorative flourishes, or serifs, like the rightward kick on a lowercase a, the leftward angle on a lowercase d or the miniscule hat that caps a capital letter such as J.
These characteristics include the presence or absence of serifs (Arditi & Cho, 2000, 2005); the width of strokes (Arditi, Cagnello, & Jacobs, 1995b; Berger, 1944a, 1944b); kerning or interletter spacing (Arditi et al.
A typeface classification, on the other hand, would be a group of typefaces that share certain characteristics, such as having serifs or being sans serif.