kern definition

  • noun:
    • A medieval Scottish or Irish foot soldier.
    • A loutish person.
    • The portion of a typeface that projects beyond the body or shank of a character.
    • A corn; grain; kernel.
    • any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.
    • A light-armed foot soldier of this ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; in archaic contexts frequently made use of as a phrase of contempt.
    • Alternative as a type of quern.
    • A light-armed foot soldier associated with old militia of Ireland and Scotland; -- distinguished from gallowglass, and frequently used as a phrase of contempt.
    • almost any boor or low-lived individual.
    • An idler; a vagabond.
    • an integral part of the face area of a kind which projects beyond the body, or shank, eg in some italic letters.
    • A churn.
    • a hand mill. See quern.
    • Kernel; corn; whole grain.
    • the very last handful or sheaf reaped at harvest.
    • The harvest-home.
    • A corn; grain; kernel.
    • In publishing, that element of a type which projects beyond your body or shank, as in the Roman letters f and j as previously made and some italic letters.
    • The last handful or sheaf of grain-cut down within close associated with the harvest. Also called kern-cut.
    • A harvest-home.
    • A dialectal form of quern.
    • into the ancient militia of Ireland and Highlands of Scotland, a light-armed foot-soldier of this lowest and poorest quality, armed with a dart or skean: in opposition to gallowglass, a heavy-armed soldier. The phrase might be found in a collective good sense.
    • Ergo —2. An Irish churl or boor; by extension, any ignoble individual; a drudge; a bumpkin.
    • In English law, an idle person or vagabond.
    • the element of a metal typeface that projects beyond its human body
    • united states of america composer of music comedies (1885-1945)
  • verb-transitive:
    • To provide (type) with a kern.
    • To adjust space between (characters) in typeset text.
    • to create with a kern. See 2d kern.
  • verb:
    • to regulate the horizontal area between chosen sets of letters (characters or glyphs); to execute these types of corrections to a percentage of text, based on preset guidelines.
    • remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters)
    • furnish with a kern
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To harden, as corn in ripening.
    • To take the kind of kernels; to granulate.
  • others:
    • to create corns or grains; make the form of corns or grains; granulate; harden, as corn in ripening; set, as fruit or whole grain.
    • To granulate, as salt by evaporation.
    • To sow with corn.
    • To cause to granulate, as salt by evaporation.
    • In type-founding, to make with a kern or projection, as-a kind or letter.
    • A dialectal (unassibi-lated) form of churn.

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