from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine line finishing off the main strokes of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
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- n. A short line added to the tops and bottoms of traditional typefaces, such as Times Roman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The short cross-line put as a finish at the ends of the terminating or unconnected strokes of roman or italic types, as in H, l, d, and y.
- n. it is long, flat, and slender; in the Scotch-face it is curved like a bracket on the inner side. See sans-serif.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short line at the end of the main strokes of a character
Perhaps from Dutch schreef, line, from Middle Dutch scrēve, from scriven, to write, from Latin scrībere; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)