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kern

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[kurn]Printing.
noun
  1. a part of the face of a type projecting beyond the body or shank, as in certain italic letters.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to form or furnish with a kern, as a type or letter.
  2. to remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters) in preparation for printing.
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Origin of kern

1
1675–85; < French carne corner of type ≪ Latin cardin- (stem of cardō) hinge

kern

2
[kurn]
noun Engineering.
  1. 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.
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Origin of kern

2
< German Kern kernel; see kern4

kern

3

or kerne

[kurn]
noun Archaic.
  1. a band of lightly armed foot soldiers of ancient Ireland.
  2. (in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) a soldier.
  3. an Irish peasant, especially a crude or boorish one.
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Origin of kern

3
1325–75; Middle English kerne < Irish ceithern band of foot soldiers; cf. cateran

kern

4
[kurn]British Dialect
verb (used without object)
  1. (of a tree or plant) to produce or form kernels, hard grain, or seed.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to granulate, especially to granulate salt.
  2. to cover with crystalline grains of salt; salt (meat).
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noun
  1. Obsolete. a kernel, as of a nut; a grain, as of sand or wheat.
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Origin of kern

4
1275–1325; Middle English kirnen, kerne (v.); akin to kirnelen to develop into seed; see kernel

kern

5
[kurn]
verb (used with or without object), noun Scot. and North England.
  1. churn.
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kern

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[kurn]
noun Scot. and North England.
  1. kirn2.
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Kern

[kurn]
noun
  1. Jerome (David),1885–1945, U.S. composer.
  2. a river in E California, in the Sierra Nevada, flowing S and SW to San Joaquin Valley. 155 miles (249 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for kern

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Historical Examples of kern

  • 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.

  • "I got as far as the Kern River, but they turned me back," he said between breaths as he drank.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • The enemy had not less than a dozen machine-guns in and in front of the Kern Redoubt.

    Attack

    Edward G. D. Liveing


British Dictionary definitions for kern

kern

1

kerne

noun
  1. the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body
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verb
  1. (tr) to furnish (a typeface) with a kern
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Word Origin for kern

C17: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge

kern

2
noun
  1. a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
  2. a troop of such soldiers
  3. archaic a loutish peasant
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Word Origin for kern

C14: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle

kern

3
noun
  1. engineering the central area of a wall, column, etc, through which all compressive forces pass
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Word Origin for kern

from German Kern core, heart

Kern

noun
  1. Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
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Word Origin and History for kern

n.

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."

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