An emphasized letter at the beginning of a text; used in medieval manuscripts to form breaks within a text and to prioritize the components of the text by drawing the attention of the reader; a purely medieval invention and often lavishly decorated.
A letter placed at the beginning of a text, which appears larger and/or in a different font. In old handwritten material, initials are characterized by special colors and decorative elements. The first initial can be found in Greek and Copt scripts from the fourth century.
In a written 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. It is often several lines in height and is sometimes ornately decorated. Initials with images inside them, like those illustrated here, are known as historiated initials; they were an invention of Insular art.
DND: A point 3 to 5 mi. prior to the threshold on the upwind leg, and usually 500 ft above the normal aerodrome traffic circuit, where military aircraft join the aerodrome traffic circuit to conduct an overhead break. Fr: point initial