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Large face
Descriptive of the larger size of a type which is cast in two sizes in the one depth of body.


Latin
A style of type having strongly marked, wedge-shaped serifs.


Lean
Rather narrower than the standard width.


Ligature
Tied letters; also sometimes known as double letter.


Light
A fine or rather delicate version of a type face.


Line
1.  The imaginary or implied dimension of parts of the letterform (ascender line, cap line, mean line, baseline, descender line).
2.  The name give to the baseline.
3.  The measuring basis for wood letter, namely 12 pt or approximately one-sixth inch; thus a 6-line poster letter measures approx 1 inch.


Line to back
The distance from the baseline to the back of the type shank, usually defined by the height of the capital H.


Line to front
The distance from the baseline to the front of the type shank, and thus the depth of the beard.


Lining
Desriptive of typefaces of different designs which align automatically when set together in a line.


Lining figures
Those of common height and aligning at foot and head; also known as modern or newspaper figures.


Link
A connecting line, straight or curved, between parts of a letter, or to give the appearance of joining.


Lobe
A curved part, the bowl (qv).


Logotype
A combination of several letters on one type body, sometimes forming a complete word.


Long ascenders
Those unduly tall relative to the rest of the face, as in xxx.


Long descenders
Those unusually deep relative to the rest of the face, sometimes cut as alternative characters (eg Times).


Long letters
Those that extend over the whole shoulder from back to front of the shank.


Long s
An erly form of lowercase s.


Loop
1.  The lower lobe of some designs of the letter g.
2.  A crossing line in certain script characters.


Lower case
The small letters or minuscules.


Lug
See ear.