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a. a large bowl for baptismal water, usually mounted on a pedestal
b. a receptacle for holy water
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Font

 

a large vessel used in the ritual of baptism in the Christian church. Fonts are made of copper, bronze, silver, and other metals, as well as of marble and wood (with metal inlay). They are often ornamented with reliefs, engraving, chasing, and enamel. The font is an important part of the ornamentation of the church.

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font

[fänt]
(graphic arts)
A particular typeface and size, including all the uppercase and lowercase letters, punctuation marks, numerals, and so forth.
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font

A basin, usually of stone, which holds the water for baptism.
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font

(text)
A set of glyphs (images) representing the characters from some particular character set in a particular size and typeface. The image of each character may be encoded either as a bitmap (in a bitmap font) or by a higher-level description in terms of lines and areas (an outline font).

There are several different computer representations for fonts, the most widely known are Adobe Systems, Inc.'s PostScript font definitions and Apple's TrueType. Window systems can display different fonts on the screen and print them.

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font

A set of type characters of a particular typeface design and size. Each typeface, such as Times Roman, Helvetica and Arial, is typically made available in four variations: normal weight, bold, italic and bold italic. Thus, for bitmapped fonts, which are fully generated ahead of time, four fonts would be required for each point size of the typeface. For scalable fonts, which are generated in any point size on the fly, only four fonts would be required for each typeface.

Font Storage
Fonts mostly reside in the computer's hard disk as "soft fonts." However, with PostScript fonts, a basic set is built into the printer along with the PostScript rasterizing engine. In the early days, plug-in cartridges were common (see font cartridge). See typeface, bitmapped font, scalable font, TrueType and PostScript fonts.
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