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long s

or long ess

[es] /ɛs/
noun
1.
a style of the letter s, suggesting a lowercase f in form, formerly common in handwriting and as a type character.
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  • A version of the text containing the long s font has been made available.

    Posthumous Works Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Transcriber's Note: The following version of the book replaces the long s with a regular s.

  • This html file displays the long s as in the original printed text.

    The Isle Of Pines (1668) Henry Neville
  • I can see the brown paper and the quaint old type with its f and long s so dangerously alike, and its horrible woodcuts!

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • He does not use fettle elsewhere, and the long s and f were easily confounded in printing.

  • I have gone about with a copy of Addison with long s's, but I read it chiefly at home when my feet are on the fender.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • Im beholden to you, Elsie; but Id rather be in my own house, long s I can have somebody with me.

    Wheat and Huckleberries Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
  • There is no perceptible difference between the long s still sometimes in use and the hieroglyphic form.

  • The form sarlynysh (in G.) evidently arose from the common mistake of reading a long s (ſ) as an l.

  • It had but a single blow-hole, about twelve inches in length, resembling a long s in shape.

    The South Sea Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for long s

long s

noun
1.
a lower-case s, printed ʃ, formerly used in handwriting and printing Also called long ess
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