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Definitions of letter

  1. win an athletic letter, in sports Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an award earned by participation in a school sport; "he won letters in three sports" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention); "he followed instructions to the letter"; "he obeyed the letter of the law" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. mark letters on or mark with letters Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. set down or print with letters Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. win an athletic letter Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. One who lets or permits; one who lets anything for hire. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. One who retards or hinders. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A mark or character used as the representative of a sound, or of an articulation of the human organs of speech; a first element of written language. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A written or printed communication; a message expressed in intelligible characters on something adapted to conveyance, as paper, parchment, etc.; an epistle. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A writing; an inscription. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Verbal expression; literal statement or meaning; exact signification or requirement. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A single type; type, collectively; a style of type. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Learning; erudition; as, a man of letters. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A letter; an epistle. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To impress with letters; to mark with letters or words; as, a book gilt and lettered. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A telegram longer than an ordinary message sent at rates lower than the standard message rate in consideration of its being sent and delivered subject to priority in service of regular messages. Such telegrams are called by the Western Union Company day, / night, letters according to the time of sending, and by The Postal Telegraph Company day, / night, lettergrams. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Written or printed communication between individuals or between persons and representatives of corporate bodies. The correspondence may be personal or professional. In medical and other scientific publications the letter is usually from one or more authors to the editor of the journal or book publishing the item being commented upon or discussed. LETTER as a publication type is often accompanied by COMMENT [PUBLICATION TYPE]. Medical Dictionary DB
  22. A mark or character used to represent a sound; written or printed communication; a printing type; word for word meaning; as, the Hebrews kept the letter of the law; a document certifying certain privileges, authority, etc.; as, a letter of credit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. To impress or write letters upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. A conventional mark to express a sound: a written or printed message: literal meaning: a printing-type:-pi. learning. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To stamp letters upon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. LETTERER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Mark expressing a spoken sound, a written message, literal meaning, printing-type. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To mark with letters. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A character used to represent a sound; a written or printed communication; literal meaning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Literary culture; learning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Lettering. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Learning; erudition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. A mark or character, representative of a sound; a written or printed message, or communication sent by post or otherwise; the literal meaning; printing type. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. To impress or form letters on. Dead letter. See Dead-letter. Letter of attorney. See Attorney. Letter of credit. See Credit. Letter of marque. See Marque. Letters patent, a writing executed and sealed, by which power and authority are granted to a person to do some act or enjoy some right. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. A mark or character representing a sound or an element of speech; a written or printed message; an epistle; a character formed of metal or wood, used in printing books. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. To stamp or mark with letters. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. 1. One of the arbitrary marks or characters constituting the alphabet, and used in written language as the representatives of sounds or articulations of the human organs of speech. Several of the letters of the English alphabet have a special significance in jurisprudence, as abbreviations and otherwise, or are employed as numerals. 2. A dispatch or epistle; a written or printed message; a communication in writing from one person to another at a distance. II. S. v. Iluggett (C. C.) 40 Fed. 040; tT. S. v. Denicke (C. C.) 35 Fed. 409. 3. In the imperial law of Rome, "letter" or "epistle" was the name of the answer re turned by the emperor to a question of law submitted to him by the magistrates. 4. A commission, patent, or written Instrument containing or attesting the grant of some power, authority, or right. The word appears in this generic sense in many compound phrases known to commercial law and jurisprudence; e. g., letter of at- torney, letter missive, letter of credit, letters patent. The plural is frequently used. 5. Metaphorically, the verbal expression; the strict literal meaning. The letter of a statute, as distinguished from its spirit, means the strict and exact forec of the language employed, as distinguished from the general purpose and policy of the law. 6. lie who, being the owner of a thing, lets it out to another for hire or compensa- tion. Story, Railm. thelawdictionary.org
  38. in Rom 2:27,29means the outward form. The "oldness of the letter" ( 7:6 ) is a phrase which denotes the old way of literal outward obedience to the law as a system of mere external rules of conduct. In 2 Corinthians 3:6 , "the letter" means the Mosaic law as a written law. (See WRITING .) biblestudytools.com
  39. A telegram longer than an ordinary message sent at rates lower than the standard message rate in consideration of its being sent and delivered subject to priority in service of regular messages. Such telegrams are called by the Western Union Company day letters, or night letters according to the time of sending, and by The Postal Telegraph Company day lettergrams, or night lettergrams. dictgcide_fs
  40. let'[.e]r, n. a conventional mark to express a sound: a written or printed message: literal meaning: a printing-type: (pl.) learning, literary culture.--v.t. to stamp letters upon.--ns. LETT'ER-BAL'ANCE, a balance for testing the weight of a letter for post; LETT'ER-BOARD (print.), board on which matter in type is placed for keeping or convenience in handling; LETT'ER-BOOK, a book in which letters or copies of letters are kept; LETT'ER-BOX, a box in a post-office, at the door of a house, &c., for receiving letters; LETT'ER-CARR'IER, a postman; LETT'ER-CASE, a portable writing-desk.--adj. LETT'ERED, marked with letters: educated: versed in literature: belonging to learning (LETTERED PROOF and PROOF BEFORE LETTERS; see PROOF).--ns. LETT'ERER; LETT'ER-FOUND'ER, one who founds or casts letters or types; LETT'ERING, the act of impressing letters: the letters impressed.--adj. LETT'ERLESS, illiterate.--ns. LETT'ER-MISS'IVE, an official letter on matters of common interest, sent to members of a church: a letter from the sovereign addressed to a dean and chapter, naming the person they are to elect bishop--also Royal letter; LETT'ERN (same as LECTERN); LETT'ER-OF-CRED'IT, a letter authorising credit or cash to a certain sum to be paid to the bearer; LETT'ER-OF-MARQUE (märk), a commission given to a private ship by a government to make reprisals on the vessels of another state.--adj. LETT'ER-PER'FECT, kept in the memory exactly (of an actor's part, &c.).--ns. LETT'ERPRESS, letters impressed or matter printed from type, as distinguished from engraving: a copying-press; LETT'ERS-P[=A]'TENT, a writing conferring a patent or authorising a person to enjoy some privilege, so called because written on open sheets of parchment; LETT'ER-STAMP, a post-office implement for defacing a postage-stamp: a stamp for imprinting dates, &c., on letters or papers; LETT'ER-WOOD, the heart-wood of a tree found in British Guiana, dark brown, with darker spots somewhat resembling hieroglyphics; LETT'ER-WRIT'ER, one who writes letters, esp. for hire: a book containing forms for imitation in writing letters.--LETTER OF INDICATION (see CIRCULAR); LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION, a document issued by court appointing an administrator of an intestate estate; LETTERS REQUISITORY, or ROGATORY, an instrument by which a court of one country asks that of another to take certain evidence on its behalf; LETTRE DE CACHET (see CACHET). [Fr. lettre--L. littera.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  41. Character representing one or more of the simple or compound sounds used in speech, one of the alphabetic symbols (capital, roman, italic, l.); (Print.) type, fount of type; (pl.) lettering, inscription, (now only in proof before ll.); missive, epistle, (l. of advice, notifying dispatch of goods, drawing of bill, &c.; l. of attorney, =power of attorney); (pl.) epistle of legal or formal kind for various purposes (ll. PATENT, of ADMINISTRATION, &C.); precise terms of statement (to the l., with adherence to every detail), strict verbal interpretation (opp. spirit); (pl.) literature, acquaintance with books, erudition, (man of ll., scholar, author; commonwealth or republic of ll., authors as a body; the profession of ll., authorship), whence letterd a.; l.-balance, for ascertaining postage of ll.; l.-book, in which copies of correspondence are kept; l.-bound, too sub servient to the l.; l.-box, in which ll. are posted; l.-card, folded card with gummed edge for use as postal missive; l.-case, pocket-book for holding ll.; l.-lock, kind of padlock opened by making out of certain ll. on it a word known to owner; l.-paper, quarto-sized paper for ll.; l.-perfect (Theatr.), knowing one\'s part perfectly; letterpress, contents of illustrated book other than the illustrations, printed matter relating to illustration; l.-weight, =l.-balance, also thing used to keep papers still on table; l.-worship, undue devotion to the l.; l.-writer, lit., also as title for manuals of l.-writing; hence letterless a. (Vb) impress title &c. on (book-cover); classify with ll.; hence lettering (1, 6) n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  42. ll. of business, royal authority to Convocation to deal with a matter. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  43. n. [English] One who lets or permits;— one who retards or hinders. Cabinet Dictionary
  44. n. [Latin] A mark or character used as the representative of an articulate elementary sound;— a written or printed message; an epistle mere verbal expression; the literal statement;— a character formed of metal or wood, and used in printing; type;— the quantity of type in the printing office, with reference to its abundance or scarcity for the job;— pl. Learning; erudition. Cabinet Dictionary

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