italic

   In typography, slanted letters. They were first produced in 1506 by the Italian designer Aldus Manutius, who slanted letters to give words special emphasis. Italics now have much the same purpose: adding force to certain words and setting off titles from surrounding text. see thumbnail to rightHere, the first line of text is plain, but the second line is italic.

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  • Italic — I*tal ic, a. [L. Italicus: cf. F. italique. Cf. {Italian}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Relating to Italy or to its people. [1913 Webster] 2. Applied especially to a kind of type in which the letters do not stand upright, but slope toward the right; so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Italic — I*tal ic, n.; pl. {Italics}. (Print.) An Italic letter, character, or type (see {Italic}, a., 2.); often in the plural; as, the Italics are the author s. Italic letters are used to distinguish words for emphasis, importance, antithesis, etc. Also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Italic — means of or from Italy . The term is most commonly used to refer to the people and languages of what is now Italy from the historic period before the Roman Empire.It may especially refer to: *Italic languages *Ancient Italic peoples *Old Italic… …   Wikipedia

  • italic — ITÁLIC, Ă, italici, ce, adj. 1. Care aparţine Italiei antice, privitor la Italia antică. 2. (Despre caractere tipografice; şi substantivat, f.) Cursiv. – Din fr. italique, lat. italicus. Trimis de valeriu, 21.07.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  ITÁLIC adj.… …   Dicționar Român

  • italic — [i tal′ik, ītal′ik] adj. [see ITALIC: so called because first used in an Italian edition of Virgil (1501)] designating or of a type in which the characters slant upward to the right, used variously, as to emphasize words, indicate foreign words,… …   English World dictionary

  • italic — 1610s (adj.), 1670s (n.) italic type, from L. italicus Italian (see ITALIAN (Cf. Italian)); so called because it was introduced in 1501 by Aldus Manutius, printer of Venice (who also gave his name to Aldine), and first used in an edition of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • italic — ► ADJECTIVE Printing 1) denoting the sloping typeface used especially for emphasis and in foreign words. 2) denoting a style of handwriting, sloping and with pointed letters, resembling 16th century Italian handwriting. ► NOUN (also italics) ▪ an …   English terms dictionary

  • Italic —   [engl.], Kursivschrift …   Universal-Lexikon

  • italic — (izg. itèlik, ob. itàlik) m DEFINICIJA 1. v. italik 2. inform. naredba u računalnim programima za prikaz ukošenih slova, usp. bold (2) ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Italic — [i tal′ik, ītal′ik] n. [L Italicus] a branch of the Indo European language family, including Latin, Oscan, Umbrian, and other languages of ancient Italy, as well as Latin s descendants, the Romance languages adj. 1. of these languages 2. of… …   English World dictionary

  • italic — /i tal ik, uy tal /, adj. 1. designating or pertaining to a style of printing types in which the letters usually slope to the right, patterned upon a compact manuscript hand, and used for emphasis, to separate different kinds of information, etc …   Universalium

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