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lettering

[let-er-ing] /ˈlɛt ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of inscribing with or making letters.
2.
the letters in an inscription; calligraphy.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; letter1 + -ing1

letter1

[let-er] /ˈlɛt ər/
noun
1.
a written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization and usually transmitted by mail.
2.
a symbol or character that is conventionally used in writing and printing to represent a speech sound and that is part of an alphabet.
3.
a piece of printing type bearing such a symbol or character.
4.
a particular style of type.
5.
such types collectively.
6.
Often, letters. a formal document granting a right or privilege.
7.
actual terms or wording; literal meaning, as distinct from implied meaning or intent (opposed to spirit):
the letter of the law.
8.
letters, (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. literature in general.
  2. the profession of literature.
  3. learning; knowledge, especially of literature.
9.
an emblem consisting of the initial or monogram of a school, awarded to a student for extracurricular activity, especially in athletics.
verb (used with object)
10.
to mark or write with letters; inscribe.
verb (used without object)
11.
to earn a letter in an interscholastic or intercollegiate activity, especially a sport:
He lettered in track at Harvard.
Idioms
12.
to the letter, to the last particular; precisely:
His orders were carried out to the letter.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English, variant of lettre < Old French < Latin littera alphabetic character, in plural, epistle, literature
Related forms
letterer, noun
letterless, adjective
Synonyms
8. See literature.
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Examples for lettering
  • From the lettering you can still read on a few of them he believes they were old machine shop tool bins.
  • The globe logo and the lettering on the cans will remain the same, but a new theme will make its debut every few weeks.
  • He adored those two hardbound red volumes with their gold lettering and endless renderings of animals.
  • It would have been better to touch up the image to make the lettering disappear altogether.
  • He was driving a pickup truck with white lettering on one side.
  • Also that the lettering and wheel engraving on the bottle are absolutely right for the period.
  • Bottles with script logos have more value than those with block lettering.
  • Quality chrome-finished metal license plate frame with high-impact insert featuring team name and logo in raised lettering.
  • It's distinctive but lettering is too small and sign is nonreflective.
  • However, the first letter of the first word of each sentence is written in slightly larger upper case lettering.
British Dictionary definitions for lettering

lettering

/ˈlɛtərɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act, art, or technique of inscribing letters on to something
2.
the letters so inscribed

letter

/ˈlɛtə/
noun
1.
any of a set of conventional symbols used in writing or printing a language, each symbol being associated with a group of phonetic values in the language; character of the alphabet
2.
a written or printed communication addressed to a person, company, etc, usually sent by post in an envelope related adjective epistolary
3.
the letter, the strict legalistic or pedantic interpretation of the meaning of an agreement, document, etc; exact wording as distinct from actual intention (esp in the phrase the letter of the law) Compare spirit1 (sense 10)
4.
(printing, archaic) a style of typeface a fancy letter
5.
to the letter
  1. following the literal interpretation or wording exactly
  2. attending to every detail
verb
6.
to write or mark letters on (a sign, etc), esp by hand
7.
(transitive) to set down or print using letters
See also letters
Derived Forms
letterer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French lettre, from Latin littera letter of the alphabet
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Word Origin and History for lettering
letter
mid-12c., "graphic symbol, written character," from O.Fr. lettre, from L. littera (also litera) "letter of the alphabet," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Gk. diphthera "tablet," with change of d- to l- as in lachrymose. In this sense it replaced O.E. bocstæf, lit. "book staff" (cf. Ger. Buchstabe "letter, character," from O.H.G. buohstab, from P.Gmc. *bok-staba-m). The pl. litteræ in L. meant "epistle, written documents, literature," a sense first attested early 13c. in M.E., replacing O.E. ærendgewrit, lit. "errand-writing." School letter in sports, first awarded by U. of Chicago football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.
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Slang definitions & phrases for lettering
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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lettering in the Bible

in Rom. 2:27, 29 means the outward form. The "oldness of the letter" (7:6) is a phrase which denotes the old way of literal outward obedience to the law as a system of mere external rules of conduct. In 2 Cor. 3:6, "the letter" means the Mosaic law as a written law. (See WRITING.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with lettering
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