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small capital

n. Abbr. sc
A letter having the form of a capital letter but smaller; for example: small capitals.

small capital

n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a letter having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as a lower-case letter

small′ cap′ital


n.
a capital letter of a particular font, having the height of a lowercase x. Also called small′ cap′.
[1760–70]
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Noun1.small capital - a character having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as lower-case letterssmall capital - a character having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as lower-case letters
capital letter, majuscule, uppercase, upper-case letter, capital - one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis; "printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters"
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Not confining himself to theory, or permitting his faculties to rust, even at that early age, in mere abstract speculations, this promising lad commenced usurer on a limited scale at school; putting out at good interest a small capital of slate-pencil and marbles, and gradually extending his operations until they aspired to the copper coinage of this realm, in which he speculated to considerable advantage.
She had started her apiary with a small capital, a book of practical hints, and a second-hand queen, principally because she was in need of some occupation that would enable her to live in the country.
Starting in life with these sensible views, and with a small capital of five thousand pounds, Hardyman took his own place in the sphere that was fitted for him.