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kern

 
pronunciation:
kuhrn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: kerns, kerning, kerned
definition: in composing type, to reduce the space between (certain characters).
 
part of speech: noun
definition: in hot-metal printing, the portion of a letter, such as the tail of an italic, that projects beyond the edge of the piece of type containing it and rests on a neighboring piece.