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Why is `\strut` working in these scenarios?

\strut seems to be a powerful command to get the interlinear spacing correct; particularly, when working with text in \parboxs or minipages. But it's also nice in contexts in which LaTeX is setting ...
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What's the difference between \strut, \mathstrut and \vphantom?

What's the difference between \strut, \mathstrut and \vphantom? When would I prefer one of them to the others, and why?
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Confused with TeX terminology: height, depth, width

The LaTeX reference card states for example \strut box w/ ht and depth of “(”, zero width I came to see text as a two dimensional feature, but I must be missing out on something... (following ...
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Definition of \strut explained

Can anyone explain me the fine details of the \strut macro. Why is the box \copyied in mathmode but \unhcopyied otherwise? % latex.ltx, line 484, but identical in plainTeX ...
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Set \strut height

I'm using quite a few \colorbox and \colorfbox in a document but they weren't sitting at the same heights (because some words contained g and this seemed to push the box down. The solution I found ...