- the setting of two letters closer together than is usual by removing space between them.
Origin of kerning
- 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
1675–85; < French carne corner of type ≪ Latin cardin- (stem of cardō) hinge
- (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
1275–1325; Middle English kirnen, kerne (v.); akin to kirnelen to develop into seed; see kernel
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- printing the adjustment of space between the letters of words to improve the appearance of text matter
- 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
C17: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge
- a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
- a troop of such soldiers
- archaic a loutish peasant
C14: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle
- engineering the central area of a wall, column, etc, through which all compressive forces pass
from German Kern core, heart
- Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
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Word Origin and History for kerning
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper