• WordNet 3.6
    • n font bowl for baptismal water
    • n font a specific size and style of type within a type family
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Font, St. Martin's, Cologne Font, St. Martin's, Cologne

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Font A basin or stone vessel in which water is contained for baptizing. "That name was given me at the font ."
    • n Font (Print) A complete assortment of printing type of one size, including a due proportion of all the letters in the alphabet, large and small, points, accents, and whatever else is necessary for printing with that variety of types; a fount.
    • Font A fountain; a spring; a source. "Bathing forever in the font of bliss."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n font A repository for the water used in baptism; now, specifically, a basin, usually of marble or other fine stone, permanently fixed within a church, to contain the water for baptism by sprinkling or immersion: distinctively called a baptismal font. Ritually, its proper position is near the entrance of the church, but it is very commonly placed near the chancel. In the early ages of the church the font was placed in a separate building or chapel called the baptistery; and this usage has maintained itself in some regions, notably in Italy. By the eleventh century it had become customary to locate the font within the main church edifice. The earliest medieval fonts were of considerable size, as it was then the practice to administer the rite by immersion. They were usually of massive stone or marble, and even the oldest surviving examples are, as a rule, richly sculptured. See baptistery.
    • n font A fount; fountain; source.
    • n font A casting; the act or process of casting; founding.
    • n font A complete assortment and just apportionment of all the characters of a particular face and size of printing-type, as required for ordinary printed work. The ordinary font of 500 pounds of Roman and Italic type for book- or newspaper-work in the English language is divided in about the following proportions: small or lower-case letters, 265 pounds; capital letters, 37 pounds; small-capital letters, 17 pounds; figures, 14 pounds; points and references, 20 pounds; braces, dashes, fractions, etc., 12 pounds; spaces and quadrats, 99 pounds; Italic letters, 36 pounds. For other languages than English different apportionments are necessary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Font font the vessels used in churches as the repository of the baptismal water, usually a basin or cup hollowed out of a solid block of marble, &c
    • n Font a complete assortment of types of one sort, with all that is necessary for printing in that kind of letter.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. font, fant, fr. L. fons, fontis, spring, fountain; cf. OF. font, funt, F. fonts, fonts baptismaux, pl. See Fount
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fontefondre—L. fundĕre, to cast.


In literature:

It does seem as though the font of my jollity had quite dried up.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
Peut-etre les productions de la nature font elles des progres vers la perfection.
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
Thus our name Harvey, no longer usual as a font-name, is Fr.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
The font is a good one, of Norman date.
"Exeter" by Sidney Heath
The Font was nearly under the gallery.
"Old Times at Otterbourne" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Father Pedro Font came with the expedition.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
After the death of Canon Burrows, in 1892, the new font, just within the west door, was erected by subscription, as a memorial to him.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
The font formed a compact quadrilateral wound around the edges with string.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
The font which stands in the vestibule at the west end is a most excellent piece of work.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
At all events he'd refresh his soul at that tranquil font.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

In poetry:

Then I could weep but happy tears,
They soothe not now my grief,
The burning anguish of my heart
Has quenched that font's relief.
"The Six Sorrows" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
And when a baby boy, to crown and bliss
Their wedded love, to their embrace was given,
Our gracious Queen, as sponsor at the font,
Gave the dear babe, in holy rite, to Heaven.
"Duleep Singh" by Janet Hamilton
Here, close beside this sacred font of gold,
My humble prayer, oh, father, I will lay,
With all its weight of misery untold;
And wait impatient that which thou wilt say
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
``I was beside the font when you were brought
Into the granite—pillared House of Prayer;
Smiled at your loneliness when first you sought
To sing away your load of childish care.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
When to the font, this morn, my lips I pressed,
A fairy's gift my fingers trembled o'er;
A sweeter prayer ne'er smile of angel blessed,
Nor gemmed a tiar that the priesthood wore.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
When to the font, this morn, my lips I pressed,
A fairy’s gift my fingers trembled o’er;
A sweeter prayer ne’er smile of angel blessed,
Nor gemmed a tiar that the priesthood wore.
"To Revenita" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

Other user benefits include built-in font inspection, smart sets, and smart classification of fonts .
Kimberly Geswein Fonts Janda Fabulous.
Note that the font won't appear in your applications until you close and re-open it.
Visual Art Poker in the Font : Playing Cards Decked Out in Helvetica.
Barack Obama and Jason Kottke Get New Web Fonts .
Whitney—named in honor of New York's Whitney Museum, for which it was developed—is one of 33 fonts offered for sale on H&FJ's website.
Sarcasm marks and fonts would be useful, but they could also destroy the art of a good, witty sarcastic barb by making it too obvious.
Move over Comic Sans – there's a ridiculous new font in town which makes that much-maligned typeface look postitively Times New Romanian.
Sarcasm Font For People Who Can't Recognize It on Their Own.
) If not, choose from the fonts that fit the criteria—Courier New and Times New Roman are common choices—and stick with the standard 12 point size.
Give Word a More Readable Default Font .
This font 's elegant styling and open use license is a fit for personal and commercial projects.
The fonts are compatible across both operating systems.
A Clean Gothic Font With a Dangerous Edge.
You may not really notice it, but the fonts used on the signs you read have a huge role in how you receive information.

In science:

Paragraphs of the text containing technical issues and therefore being more difficult for understanding, are typed with a smaller font.
String Theory or Field Theory?
LaTeX font definitions• For nearest-neighbour RWRE on the integers, the assumption (1.1) is equivalent to assuming that the transition probabilities themselves are i.i.d. .
Critical RWRE on trees and tree-indexed random walks
We use uppercase letters for random variables, lowercase letters for individual values, and boldface fonts for sequences.
Capacity and Random-Coding Exponents for Channel Coding with Side Information
Most relevant for the present work is the paper by Font`es and Mathieu who consider independent random conductances of networks on Zd .
An interlacing technique for spectra of random walks and its application to finite percolation clusters
We usually follow Bourbaki’s convention: if G is a Lie group, then its Lie algebra is designated g, except in characteristic p > 0 where the modern tradition does not favor Gothic font.
Structures of G(2) type and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p