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2. Engineer of Mines
3. enlisted man
1. The letter m.
a. The width of a square or nearly square piece of type, used as a unit of measure for matter set in that size of type.
b. Such a measure for 12-point type; a pica.
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1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called: mutton or mut the square of a body of any size of type, used as a unit of measurement
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called: pica em or pica a unit of measurement used in printing, equal to one sixth of an inch
[C19: from the name of the letter M]
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n., pl. ems.
1. the letter M, m.
2. the square of any size of type used as the unit of measurement for matter printed in that type size.
2. Engineer of Mines.
3. enlisted man or men.
[1350–1400; Middle English hem, Old English heom, dat. and acc. pl. of he1]
var. of en- 2 before b, m, p, ph: embolism; emphasis.
Engineer of Mines.
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|Noun||1.||em - a quad with a square body; "since `em quad' is hard to distinguish from `en quad', printers sometimes called it a `mutton quad'"|
|2.||em - a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing|
point - a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
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