• WordNet 3.6
    • n serif a short line at the end of the main strokes of a character
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n serif The short cross-line put as a finish at the ends of the terminating or unconnected strokes of roman or italic types, as in H, l, d, and y. Its form varies with the style of the type: in the Elzevir it is short and stubby; in some French styles
    • n serif it is long, flat, and slender; in the Scotch-face it is curved like a bracket on the inner side. See sans-serif.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Serif ser′if the short cross-line at the ends of unconnected Roman types, as in H, l, d, y, &c
    • Serif Also Cer′iph and Ser′iph
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In literature:

Condensed or compressed letters are condemned, as are long serifs and hair strokes.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
The value of the serif in stone-cut letters seems obvious.
"Letters and Lettering" by Frank Chouteau Brown
Serific glands: are these which produce a thick, mucous-like secretion which, on hardening, forms silk.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Even a Hindoo does not like to find the serifs of his f's cut away to make long s's.
"My First Book:" by Various

In news:

Serif Inc has announced the launch of PagePlus X5 for educators and students.
Serif MoviePlus X6 Introductory Editing Software Review.
In an act of rebellion against the prevailing Sans serif aesthetic, designers looked to celebrate creativity in their digital fonts.
When you first open Serif 's MoviePlus X6 you notice a simple quality about it.
Serif 's PhotoPlus X5 can't decide whether it wants to be your Photoshop or your Photoshop Elements (or Corel PaintShop Pro, for that matter).
Serif 's PhotoPlus X3 Digital Studio is the most easily accessible of the low-cost photo-editing suites, but lacks the cohesion of its competitors.
My colleagues and I have, for several weeks, been searching for the meaning behind the serif "V" spray-painted at the entrances of at least two subway stations along 34th Street.
Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva.
Engraving on the Heavy Stone Rings brand of men's rings is available in three fonts: Block, Serif, and Script.
Jura has much more even line thickness than many other serif fonts .
Like most serif fonts , Jura includes the letter-press style lower case a and g, although the g has an interesting flat bottom that match the modern, short ascenders and descenders of this typeface.
Camp owners wanting to launch or revamp their website may have a new friend in WebPlus X6 from software developer Serif.
Each page has a magazine-like layout with a horizontal scroll, light sans-serif fonts and high-resolution images.
Designer Jeri Ingalls has cleverly and artfully integrated sans serif glyphs into marshmallows .
In those days the books were all set in Century Schoolbook font with serifs.

In science:

Operators will be indicated by sans-serifs throughout.
The twisted arc model for chiral molecules
An estimate is a random variable, and random variables are denoted by a sans-serif font throughout. A particular sample value of an estimate is referred to as a sample estimate, and estimates are usually constructed from sums of random variables.
Heavy-tailed random error in quantum Monte Carlo
Sans-serif is used for random variables such as X, with a sample value denoted as X .
Optimum and efficient sampling for variational quantum Monte Carlo
These paragraphs will be printed in sans-serif and can be omitted on the first reading.
Lecture notes on non-asymptotic theory of random matrices
If w is FC, then the choice of reduced expression for w is irrelevant, in which case, we will often write H (w) (note the absence of sans serif font) and we will refer to H (w) as the heap of w.
Diagram calculus for a type affine $C$ Temperley--Lieb algebra, II