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kerning

[kur-ning]
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noun Printing.
  1. the setting of two letters closer together than is usual by removing space between them.
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Origin of kerning

First recorded in 1675–85; kern2 + -ing1

kern1

[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 kern1

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

kern4

[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 kern4

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

kern5

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

noun
  1. printing the adjustment of space between the letters of words to improve the appearance of text matter
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kern1

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

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

kern2

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

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

kern3

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

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 kerning

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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