Kern meaning

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(typography, chiefly proportional font printing) To adjust the horizontal space between selected pairs of letters (characters or glyphs); to perform such adjustments to a portion of text, according to preset rules.
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A medieval Scottish or Irish foot soldier.
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A loutish person.
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The portion of a typeface that projects beyond the body or shank of a character.
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To provide (type) with a kern.
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To adjust space between (characters) in typeset text.
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That part of the face of a printed character which projects beyond the body.
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To put a kern on (a printed character)
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(archaic) A medieval Irish or Scottish foot soldier armed with light weapons.
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An Irish peasant.
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(person) 1885-1945; U.S. composer of musicals.
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(obsolete or dialect) A corn; grain; kernel.
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(hot metal printing, typography) Any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.
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(archaic or historical) A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; in archaic contexts often used as a term of contempt.
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Alternative form of quern.
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Origin of kern

  • Middle English kerne from Middle Irish ceithern, ceithernn band of soldiers from Old Irish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French carne corner from Old North French from Latin cardō cardin- hinge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A variant of corn, see Dutch kern, Old High German kerno, cherno, Middle High German kerne, kern, German Kern (“core, kernel”),Old Norse kjarni, Icelandic kjarni, Danish kjerne, Swedish kärna (“core, kernel”); see also kernel.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French carne (“corner; projecting angle; quill of a pen”), from Latin cardinem (“hinge”) or from Etymology 1. The verb is a back-formation from kerned, which is from the noun.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle Irish ceithern.

    From Wiktionary