Definitions for kernkɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


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

    Category: Printing

  2. (v.t.)to form or furnish with a kern, as a type or letter.

    Category: Printing

  3. to remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters) in preparation for printing.

    Category: Printing

Origin of kern:

1675–85; < F carne corner dial. OF < L cardō hinge; cf. cardinal


or kerne

  1. (in Irish history) a band of lightly armed foot soldiers.

    Category: British

  2. Archaic.

    Category: British

    Ref: yokel.

Origin of kern:

1325–75; ME kerne < Ir ceithern band of foot soldiers


  1. Jerome (David), 1885–1945, U.S. composer.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Kern, Jerome Kern, Jerome David Kern(noun)

    United States composer of musical comedies (1885-1945)

  2. kern(verb)

    the part of a metal typeface that projects beyond its body

  3. kern(verb)

    furnish with a kern

  4. kern(verb)

    remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters)


  1. kern(Noun)

    A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; in archaic contexts often used as a term of contempt.

  2. kern(Noun)

    any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.

  3. kern(Verb)

    To adjust the horizontal space between selected pairs of letters (characters or glyphs); to perform such adjustments to a portion of text, according to preset rules.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kern(noun)

    a light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; -- distinguished from gallowglass, and often used as a term of contempt

  2. Kern(noun)

    any kind of boor or low-lived person

  3. Kern(noun)

    an idler; a vagabond

  4. Kern(noun)

    a part of the face of a type which projects beyond the body, or shank

  5. Kern(verb)

    to form with a kern. See 2d Kern

  6. Kern(noun)

    a churn

  7. Kern(noun)

    a hand mill. See Quern

  8. Kern(verb)

    to harden, as corn in ripening

  9. Kern(verb)

    to take the form of kernels; to granulate

Translations for kern

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the central part of an atom.

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