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Etymology 1

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Noun

Singular
kern

Plural
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  1. A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; often used as a term of contempt.
    Quotation
    • c.1599: "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." — Henry V: Ac.3 Sc7, Wm. Shakespeare.

Etymology 2

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Possibly meaning to pack tightly, as in kernels on an ear of maize.

Noun

Singular
kern

Plural
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.

Verb

Infinitive
to kern

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to kern (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To adjust the horizontal space between selected pairs of letters (characters or glyphs), particularly in a proportional font (printing).
  2. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To perform a kerning adjustment.

Derived terms


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

kern

  1. nucleus, core

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