ital·ic /əˈtælɪk, ɪ, aɪ-/
I·tal·ic, n.; pl. Italics Print. An Italic letter, character, or type (see Italic, a., 2.); -- often in the plural; as, the Italics are the author's. Italic letters are used to distinguish words for emphasis, importance, antithesis, etc. Also, collectively, Italic letters.
1. Relating to Italy or to its people.
2. Applied especially to a kind of type in which the letters do not stand upright, but slope toward the right; -- so called because dedicated to the States of Italy by the inventor, Aldus Manutius, about the year 1500.
Italic languages, the group or family of languages of ancient Italy.
Italic order Arch., the composite order. See Composite.
Italic school, a term given to the Pythagorean and Eleatic philosophers, from the country where their doctrines were first promulgated.
Italic version. See Itala.
adj 1: characterized by slanting characters; "italic characters"
2: of or relating to the Italic languages; "ancient Italic
n 1: a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the
2: a branch of the Indo-European languages of which Latin is
the chief representative [syn: Italic language]
3: a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right