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Meaning of GLYPH

Pronunciation:  glif

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  glyptic art in the form of a symbolic figure carved or incised in relief

GLYPH is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 See Also: glyptic art, glyptography



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Glyph\ (gl[i^]f), n. [Gr. glyfh` carving, fr. gly`fein to
    carve: cf. F. glyphe. Cf. {Cleave} to split.] (Arch.)
    A sunken channel or groove, usually vertical. See {Triglyph}.
  2. \Glyph\, n. (Arch[ae]ol.)
    A carved figure or character, incised or in relief; a carved
    pictograph; hence, a pictograph representing a form
    originally adopted for sculpture, whether carved or painted.
Computing Dictionary

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.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: anaglyph, bas-relief, boss, cameo, cameo glass, cavo-rilievo, cut glass, embossment, glyptograph, high relief, intaglio, intaglio rilevato, intaglio rilievo, low relief, mask, medal, medallion, plaquette, relief, relievo, sculptured glass