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un·cial

also Un·cial  (ŭn′shəl, -sē-əl)
adj.
Of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters and found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the fourth to the eighth century ad.
n.
1. A style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters. It provided the model from which most of the capital letters in the modern Latin alphabet are derived.
2. A capital letter written in this style.

[From Late Latin ūnciālēs (litterae), inch-high (letters), uncials, pl. of Latin ūnciālis, inch-high, from ūncia, a twelfth part, ounce, inch; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.]

uncial

(ˈʌnsɪəl)
adj
1. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) of, relating to, or written in majuscule letters, as used in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the third to ninth centuries, that resemble modern capitals, but are characterized by much greater curvature and inclination and general inequality of height
2. (Units) pertaining to an inch or an ounce
3. (Mathematics) pertaining to the duodecimal system
n
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) an uncial letter or manuscript
[C17: from Late Latin unciāles litterae letters an inch long, from Latin unciālis, from uncia one twelfth, inch, ounce1]
ˈuncially adv

un•ci•al

(ˈʌn ʃi əl, -ʃəl)

adj.
1. designating, written in, or pertaining to a form of majuscule writing having a curved or rounded shape and used chiefly in Greek and Latin manuscripts from about the 3rd to the 9th century A.D.
n.
2. an uncial letter.
3. uncial writing.
4. a manuscript written in uncials.
[1640–50; < Late Latin unciālēs (litterae) (Jerome) uncial (letters), pl. of Latin unciālis weighing one twelfth of a libra (see ounce1, -al1); literal sense is unclear]
un′ci•al•ly, adv.

uncial

a form of large, rounded script found in Latin and Greek manuscripts from the 3rd or 4th century until the 10th century. — uncial, adj.
See also: Writing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.uncial - a style of orthography characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the 4th to 8th centuries
script - a particular orthography or writing system
Adj.1.uncial - relating to or written in majuscule letters (which resemble modern capitals)uncial - relating to or written in majuscule letters (which resemble modern capitals); "uncial letters"
Translations

uncial

[ˈʌnsɪəl]
A. ADJuncial
B. Nuncial f

uncial

adjUnzial-; uncial letterUnzialbuchstabe m
n (= letter)Unzialbuchstabe m; (= script)Unziale f, → Unzialschrift f; (= manuscript)Schriftstück or Dokument ntin Unzialschrift
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