—n. a part of the face of a type projecting beyond the body or shank, as in certain italic letters.
—v.t. 1. to form or furnish with a kern, as a type or letter.
2. to remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters) in preparation for printing.
Pronunciation: (kûrn),[key] —n.Engin. the 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.
Pronunciation: (kûrn),[key] —n.Archaic. 1. a band of lightly armed foot soldiers of ancient Ireland.
2. (in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) a soldier.
3. an Irish peasant, esp. a crude or boorish one. Also,kerne.