Sort (typesetting)

Block with a typographic character etched on it, which is lined up with others to print text / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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In typesetting, a sort or type is a block with a typographic character etched on it, used—when lined up with others—to print text.[1] In movable-type printing, the sort or type is cast from a matrix mold and assembled by hand with other sorts bearing additional characters into lines of type to make up a form, from which a page is printed.

Diagram of a cast metal sort. a face, b body or shank, c point size, 1 shoulder, 2 nick, 3 groove, 4 foot.
Metal type sorts arranged on a composing stick