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Cameo
Appearing as though hollowed out of solid background.





Cap height
The height of capital letters.





Cap line
An imaginary line at the top of capitals.

Character set
A group of characters, numerals, symbols, and punctuation, usually in the same style.

Closed arm
Another name for Bar (q.v.).

Cicero
European type measure.

Closed h
An italic form of lower-case h, in which the right-hand stroke curves inwards.

Color
The overall degree of thickness of, of weight in, a type face.


Compressed
Appreaciably narrower than standard.


Condensed
Rather narrower than standard.






Counter
The white space inside a letter.

Crossbar
Bar, or arm, on both sides of a stem, on such letters as f and t. (A stroke completely traversiong another.)


Cross stem
Descriptive of W where the centre strokes overlap


Crotch
A point where two straight lines form an angle in a counter, as in the joining of a bar or an arm to the main stem.


Curly
Descriptive of typefaces, particularly cursives and scripts, having much undulation of outline.


Curly cue
A name sometimes given to the swash Q or to its tail.


Curly tail
One curving strongly, especially in some capital R designs.


Cursive
Running; appearing as though written in a runing or flowing hand.


Curve
A bowed line as appearing in round letters, bowls, etc.