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  1. x-height(Noun)

    The distance between the baseline and midline in a typeface, typically equal to the height of the lower-case letter x.


  1. x-height

    In typography, the x-height or corpus size refers to the distance between the baseline and the mean line in a typeface. Typically, this is the height of the letter x in the font, as well as the u, v, w, and z. However, in modern typography, the x-height is simply a design characteristic of the font, and while an x is usually exactly one x-height in height, in some more decorative or script designs, this may not always be the case. Lowercase letters whose height is greater than the x-height either have descenders which extend below the baseline, such as y, g, q, and p, or have ascenders which extend above the x-height, such as l, k, b, and d. The ratio of the x-height to the body height is one of the major characteristics that defines the appearance of a typeface. The height of the capital letters is referred to as Cap height. In computing, one use of x-height is as a unit of measurement in web pages. In CSS, and LaTeX the x-height is called an ex. The use of ex in dimensioning objects, however, is less stable than use of the em across browsers. Internet Explorer, for example, dimensions ex at exactly one half of em, whereas Mozilla Firefox dimensions ex closer to the actual x-height of the font, rounded relative to the font's current pixel height. Thus, the exact ratio of ex to em can also vary by font size within a browser if the determined values are rounded to the nearest whole unit. For example, a browser calculating an x-height of 45% on a font 10 pixels tall may round ex to either 4 pixels or 5 pixels or leave it at 4.5 pixels.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of x-height in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of x-height in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Stuart Mill:

    That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.

  2. Amy Yorke:

    It’s a very easy measure, Just like they track my height and weight, there should be a conversation about how strong you are.

  3. Rabindranath Tagore:

    In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.

  4. Victor Hugo:

    There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.

  5. Alan Hedge:

    The problem with standing [at work] is that when you raise desk height for keyboard/mouse use, you need to also raise screen height about the desk or you get neck flexion, neck flexion.

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