glyph

[glif]
noun
1.
a pictograph or hieroglyph.
2.
a sculptured figure or relief carving.
3.
Architecture. an ornamental channel or groove.

Origin:
1720–30; < Greek glyph() carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out

glyphic, adjective
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glyph (ɡlɪf)
 
n
1.  a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze
2.  rare another word for hieroglyphic
3.  any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern
 
[C18: from French glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve]
 
'glyphic
 
adj

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glyph
1727, from Fr. glyphe (1701), from Gk. glyphe "a carving," from glyphein "to hollow out, engrave, carve" (cognate with L. glubere "to peel, shell," and O.E. cleofan "to cleave").
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glyph definition

character
An image used in the visual representation of characters; roughly speaking, how a character looks. A font is a set of glyphs.
In the simple case, for a given font (typeface and size), each character corresponds to a single glyph but this is not always the case, especially in a language with a large alphabet where one character may correspond to several glyphs or several characters to one glyph (a character encoding).
Usually used in reference to outline fonts, in particular TrueType.
(1998-05-31)
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Example sentences
Glyph series in caves may therefor have been primitive writing.
Infrared also brought to light many other details, including previously unseen
  glyph figures.
Whatever he may have meant by that glyph, certain people will recognize in it
  an apt symbol.
Explain that a glyph is a picture representation of different attributes.
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