Meaning of kern

kern

Pronunciation: (kûrn), [key]
—n.
  1. a part of the face of a type projecting beyond the body or shank, as in certain italic letters.
—v.t.
  1. to form or furnish with a kern, as a type or letter.
  2. to remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters) in preparation for printing.

kern

Pronunciation: (kûrn), [key]
  1. the central area of any horizontal section of a wall, column, etc., within which the resultant forces of all compressive loads must pass if there is to be only compression at that point.

kern

Pronunciation: (kûrn), [key]
  1. a band of lightly armed foot soldiers of ancient Ireland.
  2. (in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) a soldier.
  3. an Irish peasant, esp. a crude or boorish one.

kern

Pronunciation: (kûrn), [key]
—v.i.
  1. (of a tree or plant) to produce or form kernels, hard grain, or seed.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to granulate, esp. to granulate salt.
  2. to cover with crystalline grains of salt; salt (meat).
—n.
  1. a kernel, as of a nut; a grain, as of sand or wheat.

kern

Pronunciation: (kûrn), [key]
  1. churn.

kern

Pronunciation: (kûrn), [key]
  1. kirn.

Kern

Pronunciation: (kûrn), [key]
  1. 1885–1945, U.S. composer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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