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glyph

[glif] /glɪf/
noun
1.
a pictograph or hieroglyph.
2.
a sculptured figure or relief carving.
3.
Architecture. an ornamental channel or groove.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Greek glyph() carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out
Related forms
glyphic, adjective
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Examples from the web for glyph
  • 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.
  • Many of the glyphs are pictured, then line drawings are overlaid on the pictures to enhance the glyph designs.
  • The glyph variable text-pointer-glyph controls the shape of the mouse pointer when over text.
  • Additionally the top of the boulder has been ground flat and a cross glyph pecked onto its surface.
British Dictionary definitions for glyph

glyph

/ɡlɪf/
noun
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
Derived Forms
glyphic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve
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Word Origin and History for glyph
n.

1727, "ornamental groove in architecture," from French glyphe (1701), from Greek glyphe "a carving," from glyphein "to hollow out, cut out with a knife, engrave, carve," from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (cf. Latin glubere "to peel, shell, strip," Old English cleofan "to cleave"). Meaning "sculpted mark or symbol" (as in hieroglyph) is from 1825.

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glyph in Technology
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)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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