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M \M\, n.

  1. (Print.) A quadrat, the face or top of which is a perfect square; also, the size of such a square in any given size of type, used as the unit of measurement for that type: 500 m's of pica would be a piece of matter whose length and breadth in pica m's multiplied together produce that number. [Written also em.]

  2. (law) A brand or stigma, having the shape of an M, formerly impressed on one convicted of manslaughter and admitted to the benefit of clergy.

    M roof (Arch.), a kind of roof formed by the junction of two common roofs with a valley between them, so that the section resembles the letter M.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

name of the letter M, c.1200, from Latin; the Greek name was mu. In printing, originally the square corresponding in dimensions to the capital M of that type.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (Latn-def en name M m) 2 (context typography English) A unit of measurement equal to the height of the type in use. Etymology 2

pron. (context neologism English) them (qualifier: singular). {{non-gloss definition|gender-neutral third-person singular object pronoun, coordinate with (term: him) and (term: her).}} Etymology 3

interj. (context Scotland Ireland English) a form of hesitant speech, or an expression of uncertainty; um; umm; erm

  1. n. the square of a body of any size of type [syn: mutton, mut]

  2. a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing [syn: pica em, pica]


EM, Em or em may refer to:

Em (Cyrillic)

Em (М м; italics: М м) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.

Em commonly represents the bilabial nasal consonant , like the pronunciation of in "him".

It is derived from the Greek letter Mu (Μ μ).

Em (typography)

An em is a unit in the field of typography, equal to the currently specified point size. For example, one em in a 16-point typeface is 16 points. Therefore, this unit is the same for all typefaces at a given point size.

Typographic measurements using this unit are frequently expressed in decimal notation (e.g., 0.7 em) or as fractions of 100 or 1000 (e.g., 70/100 em or 700/1000 em).

The name em was originally a reference to the width of the capital M in the typeface and size being used, which was often the same as the point size.

Em (comics)

Em is a cartoon strip written by Maria Smedstad, which depicts the life of a young woman and her friends living in London. It was first published in thelondonpaper on 30 October 2006, and appeared daily until the paper's demise on 18 September 2009. It was then published in The Sun (newspaper) until January 2010. The strip has continued to be published online through Maria Smedstad's website, and in Nemi's Norwegian and Swedish comic book, and since January 2012 has been published daily in Scandinavian paper, Aftonbladet.

The same cartoon style has been used by Maria in her illustrations for Reb Williams' book, website and blog Grow Your Own Cows, and also on a website supporting green initiatives in London.

Em is also available in Spanish, in translation by Alaia Vispo.

Usage examples of "em".

She could very finely gauge what would annoy Aunty Em, what was safe and what was not.

Now that Dorothy had been scrubbed and boiled and shorn for months, she was clean enough to sit next to Aunty Em.

Ef I knowed whar to find em, deys some my white folkes lib in dis town.

Mr Hurst, a gentlEman farmer whom Em, Harry suspected, had long had in her matchmaking sights.

Nestor added that it was his personal opinion as a witness of the event that the reason Lidia rammed him with her head was because Pablito could not perform as a man, and rather than being em- barrassed by the whole thing, she hit him.

When dem Klu Klux fust cum in operation de niggers think dat dey is hants er spirits, till dey fine out dat dey warnt nuthin but white mens wid dem garments on em.

Janet sat in the back of a Roanoke EMS ambulance, sucking on an oxygen mask while the EMTs worked on the two agents behind privacy screens in the yard.

If Corry was hooked up to Aley, and Aley was hooked up to Hunt, even I could figure out that Hunt had been in on all this at least since Corry hooked up with Em.

Bade, a Hombourg, a a Wiesbaden, a Ems, a Spa, ou ils tenaient boutiques de renseignements et de lecons.

Standing near each mobile staircase were his own guys, Port Authority cops and EMS people, positioned to get on board and begin the shitty job of unloading the corpses.

The only thing Obi-Wan could hear was the steady, mechanical hum of the sublight engines, a sound that em- anated from the main engine room at the left end of the corridor.

Around the hump of the Groningen peninsula, the Ems and Jade never gave access to more than tidal inlets.

They rolled them into position, and roped the wheels together with rawhide ri ems to prevent the Nguni pushing them aside and forcing a breach.

For the maintenance of the wagons there were two drums of tar to be mixed with animal fat to grease the wheel hubs, heavy coils of rawhide trek ropes, ri ems and straps, yokes and yoke-pins, lynch-pins for the wheel hubs, rolls of canvas and coir matting to repair the tents.

Whatever contaminants there are in the air here, those poor shmucks are especially vulnerable to em.