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kern1  (kûrn), 
[Print.]
n. 
  • Printinga part of the face of a type projecting beyond the body or shank, as in certain italic letters.

  • v.t. 
  • Printingto form or furnish with a kern, as a type or letter.
  • Printingto remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters) in preparation for printing.
  • Etymology:
    • French carne corner of type Latin cardin- (stem of cardō) hinge
    • 1675–85

    kern2  (kûrn), 
    n. [Engin.]
    Civil Engineeringthe 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.
    Etymology: German Kern kernel;
    see kern4

    kern3  (kûrn), 
    n. [Archaic.]
  • British Termsa band of lightly armed foot soldiers of ancient Ireland.
  • British Terms(in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) a soldier.
  • British Termsan Irish peasant, esp. a crude or boorish one.
  • Also,kerne. 
    Etymology:
    • Irish ceithern band of foot soldiers; compare cateran
    • Middle English kerne 1325–75

    kern4  (kûrn), 
    [Brit. Dial.]
    v.i. 
  • Botany, British Terms(of a tree or plant) to produce or form kernels, hard grain, or seed.

  • v.t. 
  • British Termsto cause to granulate, esp. to granulate salt.
  • British Termsto cover with crystalline grains of salt;
    salt (meat).

  • n. 
  • British Terms[Obs.]a kernel, as of a nut;
    a grain, as of sand or wheat.
  • Etymology:1275–1325;
    Middle English kirnen, kerne (verb, verbal);
    akin to kirnelen to develop into seed;
    see kernel

    kern5  (kûrn), 
    v.t., v.i., n. [Scot. and North Eng.]
    Scottish Termschurn.

    kern6  (kûrn), 
    n. [Scot. and North Eng.]
    Scottish Termskirn2.

    Kern  (kûrn), 
    n. 
    MonarchyJerome (David), 1885–1945, U.S. composer.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    kern, kerne /kɜːn/ n
    1. the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body
    Etymology: 17th Century: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge
    kern /kɜːn/ n
    1. a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
    2. archaic a loutish peasant
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle




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