from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters and found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the fourth to the eighth century A.D.
- n. A style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters. It provided the model from which most of the capital letters in the modern Latin alphabet are derived.
- n. A capital letter written in this style.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to an ounce, or an inch, especially to letters printed an inch high.
- adj. Of, or relating to a majuscule style of writing with unjoined, rounded letters, originally used in the 4th–9th centuries.
- n. A style of writing using uncial letters.
- n. A letter in this style.
- n. A manuscript in this style.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, a certain style of letters used in ancient manuscripts, esp. in Greek and Latin manuscripts. The letters are somewhat rounded, and the upstrokes and downstrokes usually have a slight inclination. These letters were used as early as the 1st century b. c., and were seldom used after the 10th century a. d., being superseded by the cursive style.
- n. An uncial letter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to an ounce. In paleography, noting that variety of majuscule character, or writing, usually found in the earlier manuscripts, as opposed to the later minuscule, or cursive.
- n. An uncial letter; also, uncial letters collectively; uncial writing.
- n. A manuscript written in uncials.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a style of orthography characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the 4th to 8th centuries
- adj. relating to or written in majuscule letters (which resemble modern capitals)
All the oldest manuscripts are written in uncial, that is, capital letters, the "cursive," or small letters, being of more recent date.
The uncial is the chief script of parchment Manuscripts from the fourth to the ninth century.
The oldest are written on beautiful parchment, in what are called uncial, or capital letters.
bible study and theological reflection are far too important to be left to the yokels who pick out a text and tell you what it means, with no sense of context, audience, history, continuity, etc., etc have you ever seen a real TEXT of the NT, in "uncial"?
"Nevertheless, in the ninth century, Danila, the scribe of the three-columned bible of La Cava, mastered capitalis, uncial, half-uncial, a slanting half-uncial with uncial admixture, and minuscule, all with equal elegance." (p. 99)
I am sorry I have not room (the frank being only uncial) for his further observations, tending to show the apprehensions entertained by many well-instructed persons of the period, that the young king might himself be induced to become one of the
This ornament is still seen in the older saloons of Damascus: the inscriptions are usually religious sentences, extracts from the Koran, etc., in uncial characters.
I'm particularly in love with the uncial font, for some reason.
A variety of fonts tagged uncial but which are not necessarily uncial
Although not Scottish in origin, uncial letterforms became the basis for early medieval writing styles throughout the British Isles.