There are 2 definitions of em in English:

em

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noun

Printing
  • 1A unit for measuring the width of printed matter, equal to the height of the type size being used.
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    • From there, sizing descendant elements with ems (a relative unit of measurement) becomes much more logical: 1em is 10 px, 1.6em is 16 px, .9em is 9px, and so forth.
    • Sterne was almost compulsively attentive to page layout and typography, going so far as to specify the length of each dash in printer's ems.
    • It doesn't matter which unit you use - zero horseshoes is the same as zero pixels, ems, or percentages.
  • 1.1A unit of measurement equal to twelve points.
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    • So, a font size of 1.25 ems will be displayed as 1.25 pixels.
    • This reduced the text to an unreadable level when the CSS specified sizes in ems, but only reduced it slightly when specified as percentages.

Origin

late 18th century: the letter M represented as a word, since it is approximately this width.

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There are 2 definitions of em in English:

EM

Syllabification: EM

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abbreviation

  • 1Electromagnetic.
  • 1.1Engineer of Mines.
  • 1.2Enlisted man (men).

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