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kern1

Syllabification: kern
Pronunciation: /kərn
 
/
Printing

verb

[with object]
1 (usually as noun kerning) Adjust the spacing between (letters or characters) in a piece of text to be printed.
Example sentences
  • Although, I am pleased and happily surprised that words like superscript, subscript, proportionally spaced fonts, kerning, etc. are being used in the mainstream media, I don't believe anyone is really listening.
  • Cease any talk of font analysis, kerning, superscripts or anything else of a typographical nature.
  • The typesetting shows problems as well, and the kerning and word-spacing in some lines is so awkward as to render the line almost unreadable.
1.1Make (letters) overlap.
2Design (metal type) with a projecting part beyond the body or shank.

noun

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The part of a metal type projecting beyond its body or shank.

Origin

late 17th century: perhaps from French carne 'corner', from Latin cardo, cardin- 'hinge'.

Words that rhyme with kern

adjourn, astern, Berne, burn, churn, concern, discern, earn, fern, fohn, learn, Lucerne, quern, Sauternes, spurn, stern, Sterne, tern, terne, Traherne, turn, urn, Verne, yearn

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kern2

Syllabification: kern
Pronunciation: /
 
kərn/
(also kerne)

noun

1 historical A light-armed Irish foot soldier.
Example sentences
  • Composition involved, in Gaelic parts, the commutation of the chief's right to take up supplies for his household and quarter his kerne and galloglass on his subjects for defence.
  • The crude unsigned illustrations depict the activities of the Irish kern, while the refined signed cuts offer images of a resplendent English contingent led by Sir Henry Sidney in the name of the Queen.
  • Recruiting large numbers of Gaelic kern, they then invaded England, landing at Furness in Lancashire, and immediately made for Richard III's old power base in north Yorkshire.
2 archaic A peasant; a rustic.

Origin

late Middle English: from Irish ceithearn, from Old Irish ceithern 'band of foot soldiers'.

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