Kern

Noun

  • (obsolete, Britain, law) An idler; a vagabond.
  • (obsolete or dialect) A corn; grain; kernel.
  • (hot metal printing, typography) any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.
  • (obsolete) A boor; a low person.
  • A churn.
  • (obsolete or dialect) The harvest home.
  • (archaic or historical) A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; in archaic contexts often used as a term of contempt.
  • Alternative form of quern
  • (obsolete or dialect) The last handful or sheaf reaped at the harvest.

Verb

  • (typography, chiefly proportional font printing) 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.

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