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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.]
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(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]
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(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"
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nSerife f
adj fontserifenbetont
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The director of civil defense, Major General Kazem Buhan said that the fire targeted the counting and sorting machines and ballot boxes stored in three warehouses of the Commission in addition to the cameras and serifs devices.
The wedge, triangular shaped serifs and curls on the "r" and "y" make quite a design statement compared to its previous incarnation.
They made them straighter and more separate, and added baseline serifs and other details that lessened the pen-written character and increased the suggestion of the chisel.
Serifs are the small ornaments at the end of strokes which occur in many fonts (e.g., compare the X of a serif font with the X of a sans serif font).
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.
And Elsevier is rubbing serifs with some rather rarified publishing giants, such as Johannes Gutenberg; Italian printer Alde Manuce, whose portable "octovo" books were the 15th-century precursor of the modern paperback; and French printer Firmin Di-dot, who revolutionized the book industry at the end of the 18th century with the invention of the "stereotype," a metal printing plate that made it much cheaper to print books.
Typefaces like Arial, Frutiger, and Helvetica lack serifs. The simplicity of these letters makes them ideal for headlines and subheads.
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., 1995a; Arditi, Liu, & Lynn, 1997; Moriarty & Scheiner, 1984; Whittaker, Rohrkaste, & Higgins, 1989); leading (the space between lines of text) (Tinker, 1963); point size (Legge, Rubin, Pelli, & Schleske, 1985); the height of letters (x-height, defined as the vertical measure of the lowercase "x" in any given font, and t-height, defined as the height of the bottom of the crossbar of the letter "t" in any given font) (Arditi, 2005); contrast (Rubin & Legge, 1989); and color (Legge & Rubin, 1986).