What is initial?

  • (noun): The first letter of a word (especially a person's name).
    Example: "He refused to put the initials FRS after his name"
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Initial

In a written or published work, an initial is a letter at the beginning of a work, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. The word is derived from the Latin initialis, which means standing at the beginning. An initial often is several lines in height and in older books or manuscripts, sometimes ornately decorated.

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Consonant Mutation
... A prototypical example of consonant mutation is the initial consonant mutation of all modern Celtic languages ... Initial consonant mutation is also found in Indonesian or Malay, in Southern Paiute and in several West African languages such as Fula ... Mutation of initial, medial, and final consonants is found in Modern Hebrew ...
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Initial D (disambiguation)
... Initial D is a manga by Shuichi Shigeno which has been adapted into a long-running anime series ... Initial D may also refer to Initial D (film) Initial D Arcade Stage, a racing game series developed by Sega Rosso based on the Initial D series Initial D Extreme Stage, a ...
Types of Initials
... The initials are morphologically classified the rubricated letter (red) the epigraphic letter, imitating ancient Roman majuscules the figurated initial (usually in miniatures) the historiated initial, that gives ... The initial may sit on the same baseline as the first line of text, at the same margin, as it does here ... An example follows Alternatively, the initial may be in the left margin, with the text indented, as shown here ...
Individual Monograms
... A traditional 3-letter monogram has the initial of the individual's last name (surname) set larger, or with some special treatment in the center, while the first name initial appears to the ... letters would be thus MJA, with the surname initial set larger in the center, the M for Mary to the left and the A for Ann to the right ... Married or engaged couples may use two-letter monograms of their entwined initials, for example on wedding invitations ...

More definitions of "initial":

  • (verb): Mark with one's initials.
  • (adj): Occurring at the beginning.
    Example: "Took the initial step toward reconciliation"

Famous quotes containing the word initial:

    Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital.
    Henry George (1839–1897)

    No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
    Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)

    Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital.
    Henry George (1839–1897)