kern

1
[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /
Printing.

noun

a part of the face of a type projecting beyond the body or shank, as in certain italic letters.

verb (used with object)

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 kern

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

Definition for kern (2 of 7)

kern2
[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /

noun Engineering.

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 kern

2
< German Kern kernel; see kern4

Definition for kern (3 of 7)

kern3

or kerne

[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /

noun Archaic.

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 kern

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

Definition for kern (4 of 7)

kern4
[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /
British Dialect

verb (used without object)

(of a tree or plant) to produce or form kernels, hard grain, or seed.

verb (used with object)

to cause to granulate, especially to granulate salt.
to cover with crystalline grains of salt; salt (meat).

noun

Obsolete. a kernel, as of a nut; a grain, as of sand or wheat.

Origin of kern

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

Definition for kern (5 of 7)

kern5
[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /

verb (used with or without object), noun Scot. and North England.

Definition for kern (6 of 7)

kern6
[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /

noun Scot. and North England.

Definition for kern (7 of 7)

Kern
[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for kern (1 of 4)

kern1

kerne

/ (kɜːn) /

noun

the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body

verb

(tr) to furnish (a typeface) with a kern

Word Origin for kern

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

British Dictionary definitions for kern (2 of 4)

kern2
/ (kɜːn) /

noun

a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
a troop of such soldiers
archaic a loutish peasant

Word Origin for kern

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

British Dictionary definitions for kern (3 of 4)

kern3
/ (kɜːn) /

noun

engineering the central area of a wall, column, etc, through which all compressive forces pass

Word Origin for kern

from German Kern core, heart

British Dictionary definitions for kern (4 of 4)

Kern
/ (kɜːn) /

noun

Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
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