A variant of corn, see (etyl) kern, (etyl) kerno, cherno, (etyl) kerne, kern, (etyl) ; see also kernel.
(obsolete, or, dialect) A corn; grain; kernel.
[ ] or from Etymology 1. The verb is a back-formation from (kerned), which is from the noun.
"kern" at Etymonline
any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.
* 1856 , , Odd Fellows' Literary Casket , Volumes 6-7,
- A few types have a portion of the face letter projecting over the body, as in the letter f ; this projection is called the kern', and in combination with other letters the projecting part generally extends over the next letter, as in fe. In those combinations, wherein the ' kern would come in contact with another letter, compound types are cast, as in the case of ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl.
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.
* 2001 , Constance J. Sidles, Graphic Designer's Digital Printing and PrePress Handbook ,
* 2001 , Bill Camarda, Special Edition Using Microsoft Word 2002 ,
- If you need to kern anything beyond the most commonly used pairs, you can use applications software such as Adobe PageMaker to customize pairs.
* 2006 , Tova Rabinowitz, Exploring Typography ,
- Especially consider kerning if you are printing on a relatively high-resolution printer, such as a 600-dpi (dots per inch) laser printer.
* 2008 , Terry Rydberg, Exploring Adobe InDesign CS4 ,
- Remember, the goal of kerning is to make letter pairs look natural, not necessarily to minimize letterspaces.
- You should kern letter pairs when spacing between characters is too wide or too narrow.
* kern pair
From (etyl) ceithern.
A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; in archaic contexts often used as a term of contempt .
* , Act 3, Scene 7,
* 1908 , ,
- O then belike she was old and gentle; and you rode like a kern of Ireland, your French hose off and in your strait strossers.
(obsolete) A boor; a low person.
- There he entertained Shan O'Neil, a famous, turbulent chief from Ireland, who late in this year visited Elizabeth's Court, where his train of kerns and gallowglasses, clothed in linen kilts dyed with saffron, made a great impression.
(obsolete, UK, legal) An idler; a vagabond.
(typography) Not kerned.