WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
Printinga part of the face of a type projecting beyond the body or shank, as in certain italic letters.
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.
(kûrn), n. [Engin.]
- French carne corner of type Latin cardin- (stem of cardō) hinge
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;
(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.
(kûrn), [Brit. Dial.]
Botany, British Terms(of a tree or plant) to produce or form kernels, hard grain, or seed.
British Termsto cause to granulate, esp. to granulate salt.
British Termsto cover with crystalline grains of salt;
- Irish ceithern band of foot soldiers; compare cateran
- Middle English kerne 1325–75
British Terms[Obs.]a kernel, as of a nut;
a grain, as of sand or wheat.
(kûrn), v.t., v.i., n. [Scot. and North Eng.]
Middle English kirnen, kerne (verb, verbal);
akin to kirnelen to develop into seed;
(kûrn), n. [Scot. and North Eng.]
MonarchyJerome (David), 1885–1945, U.S. composer.
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kern, kerne /kɜːn/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge
- the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body
kern /kɜːn/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle
- a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
- archaic a loutish peasant