Definition of "x-height" []

  • Printing The height of a lowercase x. (noun)
  • The height of lower case letters of a typeface, without ascenders or descenders (noun)

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Use "x-height" in a sentence
  • "I think the Rather memo and the Word document may differ in x-height, with the Rather x-height slightly smaller."
  • "Another property that typographers look for is x-height, the proportion of the height of the lower case to the height of the uppercase."
  • "They observe an x-height that's too low, or a bold not bold enough, or a descender on a capital J-- the downward swoop -- not sufficiently expressive to distinguish it from an I."