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kern in composing type, to reduce the space between (certain characters). [2 definitions]
kernel the seed contained within the husk of a nut or the stone of a fruit. [4 definitions]
kerning in composing type, a method of reducing the space between certain characters.
kerosene a thin liquid fuel obtained by distilling petroleum, coal shale, or the like.
Kerry blue terrier any of a breed of small dog with a long, narrow head, a soft, wavy bluish gray coat, and an erect, docked tail.
kersey a heavy, smooth twilled cloth of wool or wool and cotton, used esp. for coats and uniforms. [2 definitions]
kestrel a small grayish red European falcon that hovers in the air with its head to the wind. [2 definitions]
ketch a sailing vessel with two masts, the larger one forward and the smaller one aft just ahead of the rudder.
ketchup a thick sauce for meat or potatoes, usu. made with tomato purée and spices.
ketone a highly reactive organic chemical compound containing a carbonyl group linked to two hydrocarbon radicals.
ketosis the excessive accumulation of ketones in the body.
kettle a broad, deep container in which to boil liquids, esp. water or soup; pot. [3 definitions]
kettledrum a large, deep, resonant drum, hemispherical in shape and usu. played with soft mallets.
kettle of fish (informal) an awkward, difficult, or embarrassing situation.
keV a unit of energy equal to one thousand electron-volts; kiloelectron volt.
Kewpie trademark for a small doll with plump rosy cheeks and large eyes.
key1 a notched or grooved object, usu. metal, that can open or close locks. [8 definitions]
key2 a low island near shore, as off the southern coast of Florida.
keyboard a row or rows of keys used to operate a piano, typewriter, computer, or the like. [4 definitions]
key chain a chain on which keys are strung, or a key ring attached by a short chain or clip to an ornament.
key club a private nightclub to which each member has a key.