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Decorated
Type design with pattern work, esp floral or leaf motives.


Demibold
Weight between light (or medium) and bold.





Descender
Part of a character that goes below the baseline.



Descender line
Implied line to which descending characyer normally reach, and which demarcates in most instances the lowest limits of the characters of the fount.


Descending letters
Those that g below the base line, some of the old style figures and several swash and script capitals.



Dipthong
Common name for the tied letters a-e and o-e.


Distended
Very consideralbly widened.


Doric
Name given to certain designs of sanserif types.



Dot
A ball-like termination characteristic generally of modern and fat-face designs; see slur.


Double letters
A name sometimes given to ligatures (qv).


Downstroke
Traditionally the mian stem of a letter, brough about by a downward movement of a quill etc.