1 (usually as noun kerning) Adjust the spacing between (letters or characters) in a piece of text to be printed.
- 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.
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Late 17th century: perhaps from French carne 'corner', from Latin cardo, cardin- 'hinge'.
Words that rhyme with kernadjourn, astern, Berne, burn, churn, concern, discern, earn, fern, fohn, learn, Lucerne, quern, Sauternes, spurn, stern, Sterne, tern, terne, Traherne, turn, urn, Verne, yearn
1 historical A light-armed Irish foot soldier.
- 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.
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