a 12-point type of a size between small pica and English.
the depth of this type size as a unit of linear measurement for type, pages containing type, etc.; one sixth of an inch.
a 12-point type, widely used for typewriters, having 10 characters to the inch.
- Compare elite (def. 4).
Other definitions for pica (2 of 2)
an abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat, as chalk or clay, common in malnutrition, pregnancy, etc.
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How to use pica in a sentence
The defendants pleaded two picas: first, "Not guilty;" and, secondly, "That the words complained of in the declaration were true."The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Shop custom measures the items of a page in points, and the page itself or its chief divisions by picas.
When leads or rules are spoken of as being twenty picas, or twenty ems, it is understood that they are twenty 12-points long.
The width of initials is very likely to make text lines after them of odd length rather than even picas or nonpareils.
Sobre aquella capa miserable el cristianismo y el islamismo haban trabado picas batallas.Doa Perfecta | Benito Prez Galds
British Dictionary definitions for pica (1 of 2)
Also called: em, pica em a printer's unit of measurement, equal to 12 points or 0.166 ins
(formerly) a size of printer's type equal to 12 point
a typewriter type size having 10 characters to the inch
British Dictionary definitions for pica (2 of 2)
pathol an abnormal craving to ingest substances such as clay, dirt, or hair, sometimes occurring during pregnancy, in persons with chlorosis, etc
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