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glossary U

U & lc
Upper and lower case: the normal form for setting text in the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets, all of which are bicameral.

Uncial
An elegantly round form of bookhand used from the 4th to the 8th centuries in Latin and Greek manuscripts.

underline
As you might imagine, a line drawn beneath the baseline across an instance of text.

unicameral
Having only one case as in the Hebrew alphabet and many roman titling faces.

uncut
A book in which the edges of leaves have not been cut.

unjustified
Depending on alignment, this term refers to text which is set flush left, flush right, or centered.

uppercase
Capital letters such as A, B, C, etc. Derived from the practice of placing these letters in the top (upper) case of a pair of typecases by printers when laying out text.

upsilon U u
Twentieth letter of the Greek Alphabet. The font Symbol most often used on American Computers to Type Cyrillic Letters places it in the space for capital “U.” While there is no directly corresponding letter in English, it looks like an “Y” with curved arms.