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em quad

a square unit of area, one em on each side.
a quad having such an area.
Compare quad2 (def 1).
Origin of em quad
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • There are 18¬†units in a quad, which, unlike the em quad of foundry type, in the smaller sizes is not usually an exact square.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • An old-time rule required an em quad after a period before beginning another sentence in the line.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • It is desirable to end a paragraph with an em quad, if this is practicable, rather than fill the last line flush.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • The usual indention of paragraphs in plain reading matter is an em quad at the beginning of the first line.

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