Agate (unit of measure)

Agate (unit of measure)

An agate is a unit of typographical measure. It is 5.5 typographical points, or about 1/14 of an inch. It can refer to either the height of a line of type or a font that is 5.5 points. An agate font was commonly used to display statistical data or legal notices in newspapers. It is considered the smallest point size that can be printed on newsprint, then read legibly.

From American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (1894):


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