Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to ancient Italy or the tribes, including the Romans, which inhabited it, or to their languages.
- Of or pertaining to modern Italy.
- Specifically— In architecture, same as Composite, 3.
- [lowercase or cap.) Of Italian origin: designating a style of printingtypes the lines of which slope toward the right (thus, italic), used for emphasis and other distinctive purposes. The italic character was first made and shown in type by Aldus Manutius, a notable printer of Venice, in an edition of Virgil, 1501, and by him dedicated to Italy. The first italic had upright capitals, but later French type-founders inclined them to the same angle as the small letters. In manuscript italic is indicated by underscoring the words with a single line.
- n. In printing, an italic letter or type: usually in the plural: as, this is to be printed in italics. Abbreviated ital.
- adj. typography, of a typeface or font Designed to resemble a handwriting style developed in Italy in the 16th century.
- adj. typography, of a typeface or font Having letters that slant or lean to the right; oblique.
- n. typography A typeface in which the letters slant to the right.
- n. An oblique handwriting style, such as used by Italian calligraphers of the Renaissance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relating to Italy or to its people.
- adj. Applied especially to a kind of type in which the letters do not stand upright, but slope toward the right; -- so called because dedicated to the States of Italy by the inventor, Aldus Manutius, about the year 1500.
- n. (Print.) An Italic letter, character, or type (see italic, a., 2.); -- often in the plural. Italic letters are used to distinguish words for emphasis, importance, antithesis, etc. Also, collectively, Italic letters.
- adj. of or relating to the Italic languages
- n. a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right
- n. a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
- adj. characterized by slanting characters
- n. a branch of the Indo-European languages of which Latin is the chief representative
“Text that is printed in italic style in the original is enclosed between underscores (_italic text_)”
“Just post in italic, and italicized italic becomes – magically – roman, i.e. nonitalic.”
“This new menu, marked on the back with a piece of bedraggled masking tape with the words "color-blind menu" penciled upon it, looked very similar to the regular menu, save for the fact that some of the items were printed in italic, a distinction that had been made clear to my dining companions by the strategic use of black and red type on the normal-people menu.”
“Last week, we were reading Sheila Rae The Brave (quotations in italic), when Pumpkinpie's rump trumpeted loudly into my lap.”
“The Bembo italic is based on an italic type created by Giovanni Tagliente.”
“Olympic qualifiers in italic; in most races, the top two finishers qualified.”
“Characters 'thoughts are highlighted in italic type throughout the stories.”
“My favorite new feature is the interface with EndNote, although I have noticed one bug that has to do with formatting Book citations (it won't make the titles italic).”
“bold = word italic = word underline = word agin, jus taek owt teh spaysez en it shud werk fyne.”
“Editorial comment in entries of this class is either enclosed in round brackets, as above, or set in "italic" type, as in this entry: bale > torment; infliction of death; _also, mainly in northern usage_: great consuming fire, funeral pyre; _hence, perhaps_: hell-fire”
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