- a part of the face of a type projecting beyond the body or shank, as in certain italic letters.
- to form or furnish with a kern, as a type or letter.
- to remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters) in preparation for printing.
Origin of kern1
- the central area of any horizontal section of a wall, column, etc., within which the resultant forces of all compressive loads must pass if there is to be only compression at that point.
Origin of kern2
- a band of lightly armed foot soldiers of ancient Ireland.
- (in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) a soldier.
- an Irish peasant, especially a crude or boorish one.
Origin of kern3
- (of a tree or plant) to produce or form kernels, hard grain, or seed.
- to cause to granulate, especially to granulate salt.
- to cover with crystalline grains of salt; salt (meat).
- Obsolete. a kernel, as of a nut; a grain, as of sand or wheat.
Origin of kern4
- Jerome (David),1885–1945, U.S. composer.
- a river in E California, in the Sierra Nevada, flowing S and SW to San Joaquin Valley. 155 miles (249 km) long.
Examples from the Web for kern
And working with people like Kern and Richardson…it was a matter of my liking their work, and their liking mine.From Porn to the Multiplex
May 14, 2009
That was a whimsical exaggeration of what perhaps had a kern of truth in it.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
Besides the Kern Canyon there are two which must rank with Yosemite.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
A squad of this force is then hurried forward to the Kern house.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
"I got as far as the Kern River, but they turned me back," he said between breaths as he drank.The Octopus
The enemy had not less than a dozen machine-guns in and in front of the Kern Redoubt.Attack
Edward G. D. Liveing
- the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body
- (tr) to furnish (a typeface) with a kern
- a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
- a troop of such soldiers
- archaic a loutish peasant
- engineering the central area of a wall, column, etc, through which all compressive forces pass
- Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
Word Origin and History for kern
1680s, "part of a metal type projecting beyond the body," as the head of an -f- or the tail of a -j-, from French carne "projecting angle, quill of a pen," from Latin cardinem "hinge."