Glossary of Terms


Like any industry, ours uses a variety of terms. If you want to find out what they mean, you are in the right place! Simply click on a letter to see its list of terms. If the term you are looking for isn't listed in our glossary feel free to contact us so that we may help you as well as add it to our list.

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em

  1. A unit of measurement equaling 12 points or 4.5 mm.
  2. A measure of space that is equal to the square of the type body — the larger the type size the larger em space. An em space is sometimes specified as the amount of the indent of the first line of type in a paragraph.
  3. Em is so called because, in early fonts, the letter M was usually cast on a square body, such as 10 points high and 10 points wide.

See Also: em dash, en dash


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