Definitions for EMɛm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the letter

    M, m.

  2. the square of any size of type used as the unit of measurement for matter printed in that type size.

    Category: Printing

Origin of em:



  1. electromagnetic.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  2. Engineer of Mines.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

  3. enlisted man or men.

    Category: Military


  1. them.

    Category: Informal

* Informal..

Origin of 'em:

1350–1400; ME hem, OE heom, dat. and acc. pl. of he1


  1. Category: Affix

    Ref: var. of en-1 2 1 before b, p, and sometimes m:; Compare im-1. 2 1


  1. embolism; emphasis.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: var. of en-2 2 2 before b, m, p, ph:


  1. Engineer of Mines.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

Princeton's WordNet

  1. em, em quad, mutton quad(noun)

    a quad with a square body

    "since `em quad' is hard to distinguish from `en quad', printers sometimes called it a `mutton quad'"

  2. em, pica em, pica(noun)

    a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing


  1. em(Pronoun)

    them .

  2. em(Pronoun)

    Them (typically after a preposition, or otherwise with accusative or dative force; now only in unstressed position).

  3. Em(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the female given names Emily and Emma.

  4. Origin: The typographic em is named after the metal type for the capital M in early printing, whose body was square (the printed letter M is almost never one em in width).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Em(noun)

    the portion of a line formerly occupied by the letter m, then a square type, used as a unit by which to measure the amount of printed matter on a page; the square of the body of a type


  1. Em

    An em is a unit of measurement in the field of typography, equal to the currently specified point size. The name of em is related to M. Originally the unit was derived from the width of the capital "M" in the given typeface. This unit is the same for all fonts at a given point size. One em in a 16 point typeface is 16 points. 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.

Anagrams of EM

  1. me, ME, Me.

Translations for EM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(especially of something being worn) so as to be touching, fixed to, covering etc the upper or outer side of

She put her hat on.

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