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  • noun A large hand in writing; -- so called because it was the practice to write the text of a book in a large hand and the notes in a smaller hand.

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  • noun dated A style of large handwriting, formerly used for the text of a book, contrasting with the smaller hand used for the notes.


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  • (n): a large and clear style of handwriting or copying, so called because it was written in a larger and clearer hand than that employed for writing accompanying notes.

    January 15, 2009