letterspacing

noun

let·​ter·​spac·​ing ˈle-tər-ˌspā-siŋ How to pronounce letterspacing (audio)
variants or letter spacing
plural letterspacings or letter spacings
1
: insertion of space between the letters of a word
2
: the standard distance between adjacent characters (as in composed text) : tracking compare kerning

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As a quick example, the letterspacing is a little weird around the number 1. Kjell Reigstad, Longreads, 25 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of letterspacing was in 1884

Dictionary Entries Near letterspacing

Cite this Entry

“Letterspacing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterspacing. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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