from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medieval Scottish or Irish foot soldier.
- n. A loutish person.
- n. The portion of a typeface that projects beyond the body or shank of a character.
- transitive v. To provide (type) with a kern.
- transitive v. To adjust space between (characters) in typeset text.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A corn; grain; kernel.
- n. any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.
- v. 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.
- n. A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; in archaic contexts often used as a term of contempt.
- n. Alternative form of quern.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; -- distinguished from
gallowglass, and often used as a term of contempt.
- n. Any kind of boor or low-lived person.
- n. An idler; a vagabond.
- n. A part of the face of a type which projects beyond the body, or shank, such as in certain italic letters.
- transitive v. To form with a kern. See 2d kern.
- n. A churn.
- n. A hand mill. See quern.
- intransitive v. To harden, as corn in ripening.
- intransitive v. To take the form of kernels; to granulate.
- n. Kernel; corn; grain.
- n. The last handful or sheaf reaped at the harvest.
- n. The harvest-home.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corn; grain; kernel.
- n. In printing, that part of a type which projects beyond the body or shank, as in the Roman letters f and j as formerly made and some italic letters.
- n. The last handful or sheaf of grain cut down at the close of the harvest. Also called kern-cut.
- n. A harvest-home.
- To form corns or grains; take the form of corns or grains; granulate; harden, as corn in ripening; set, as fruit or grain.
- To granulate, as salt by evaporation.
- To sow with corn.
- To cause to granulate, as salt by evaporation.
- In type-founding, to form with a kern or projection, as-a type or letter.
- A dialectal (unassibi-lated) form of churn.
- n. A dialectal form of quern.
- n. In the ancient militia of Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland, a light-armed foot-soldier of the lowest and poorest grade, armed with a dart or skean: opposed to gallowglass, a heavy-armed soldier. The word is sometimes used in a collective sense.
- n. Hence —2. An Irish churl or boor; by extension, any ignoble person; a drudge; a bumpkin.
- n. In English law, an idle person or vagabond.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters)
- n. the part of a metal typeface that projects beyond its body
- v. furnish with a kern
- n. United States composer of musical comedies (1885-1945)
Middle English kerne, from Middle Irish ceithern, ceithernn, band of soldiers, from Old Irish.
French carne, corner, from Old North French, from Latin cardō, cardin-, hinge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A variant of corn, see Dutch kern, Old High German kerno, cherno, Middle High German kerne, kern, German kern, Icelandic kjarni, Danish kjerne, Swedish kärna ("core, kernel"); see also kernel. (Wiktionary)