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, which are found in the most perfect fonts, and used in astronomical, classic, commercial, musical, chemical, botanical, arithmetical, and mathematical dissertations.
For these, see an excellent digest on pp. 1692 – 96 of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, edition of 1867.
Almost every science has symbols of its own. Algebra has one set, chemistry another.
For a dictionary which attempts to represent the minute shades of pronunciation a great number are required.
Thus in Webster or Worcester, what with letters with dots above and dots below, lines above, below, and across, there are probably a hundred additional characters.
Some foreign languages have a very complicated alphabet.
The Greek, with its accents and breathings, requires about 200.
Formerly there were so many logotypes and abbreviations as to require 750 sorts.
The Oriental alphabets are complex.
The Hebrew, with the Masoretic points, requires about 300 sorts, many differing only by a point, stroke, or angle.