• WordNet 3.6
    • v kern remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters)
    • v kern furnish with a kern
    • n kern the part of a metal typeface that projects beyond its body
    • n Kern United States composer of musical comedies (1885-1945)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kern A churn.
    • n Kern A hand mill. See Quern.
    • Kern A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; -- distinguished from gallowglass, and often used as a term of contempt. "Now for our Irish wars;
      We must supplant those rough, rug-headed kerns ."
    • n Kern (Type Founding) A part of the face of a type which projects beyond the body, or shank, such as in certain italic letters.
    • Kern (O. Eng. Law) An idler; a vagabond.
    • Kern Any kind of boor or low-lived person.
    • Kern Kernel; corn; grain.
    • Kern The harvest-home.
    • Kern The last handful or sheaf reaped at the harvest.
    • v. t Kern (Type Founding) To form with a kern. See 2d Kern.
    • Kern To harden, as corn in ripening.
    • Kern To take the form of kernels; to granulate. "It is observed that rain makes the salt kern ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kern A corn; grain; kernel.
    • n kern In printing, that part of a type which projects beyond the body or shank, as in the Roman letters f and j as formerly made and some italic letters.
    • n kern The last handful or sheaf of grain cut down at the close of the harvest. Also called kern-cut.
    • n kern A harvest-home.
    • kern To form corns or grains; take the form of corns or grains; granulate; harden, as corn in ripening; set, as fruit or grain.
    • kern To granulate, as salt by evaporation.
    • kern To sow with corn.
    • kern To cause to granulate, as salt by evaporation.
    • kern In type-founding, to form with a kern or projection, as-a type or letter.
    • kern A dialectal (unassibi-lated) form of churn.
    • n kern A dialectal form of quern.
    • n kern In the ancient militia of Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland, a light-armed foot-soldier of the lowest and poorest grade, armed with a dart or skean: opposed to gallowglass, a heavy-armed soldier. The word is sometimes used in a collective sense.
    • n kern Hence —2. An Irish churl or boor; by extension, any ignoble person; a drudge; a bumpkin.
    • n kern In English law, an idle person or vagabond.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kern . See Quern.
    • n Kern kėrn (Scot.) the last sheaf of the harvest: a harvest-home—also Kirn
    • n Kern kėrn an Irish foot-soldier: a boor
    • v.i Kern kėrn to granulate.
    • n Kern kėrn (print.) that part of a type which overhangs the stem or shank.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. kern, kernel, grain; akin to E. corn,. See Corn Kernel.


In literature:

Without a doubt the Kern guided him faithfully.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
That was a whimsical exaggeration of what perhaps had a kern of truth in it.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
The southern area is drained by the Kern River, into which flow the waters of Mount Whitney and his giant neighbors.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
O haste thee, and from Allan learn, If thou may'st trust yon wily kern.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
But the big man remained; and the skipper, with the Colonel at his elbow, made for him through the half-naked kernes.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Kern took position near the edge of the swamp on the left; and Martin found post in a wheat-field to the right.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
W. D. KERN, Baldwin, Douglas county: I have resided in Kansas thirty-nine years.
"The Apple" by Various
With an exclamation of horror, Captain Kerns turned his ship's prow straight for the scene of the disaster, for he saw what had happened.
"The Frontier Boys in the Sierras" by Wyn Roosevelt
Kern River was one o' those an' Father got bit.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
It smacks of English courtesy to an Irish kern.
"The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

And be we king or be we kern
Who ride the roads of Sin,
No matter how the roads may turn
They lead us to that Inn.
"At The Sign Of The Skull" by Madison Julius Cawein
She whipped the maids and starved the kern,
And drove away the poor;
"Ah, woe is me!" the old lord said,
"I rue my bargain sore!"
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"My horse shall ride through ranks sae rude,
As through the moorland fern,—
Then ne'er let the gentle Norman blude
Grow cauld for Highland kerne."
"Elspeth's Ballad" by Sir Walter Scott
“Sweet blossoms o’ the tree where I do murn,”
I thought, “if you did blow vor her,
Vor apples that should grow vor her,
A-vallèn down below vor her,
O then how happy I should zee you kern!”
"The Wind At The Door" by William Barnes
"My lord, the moon is waning, the dawn grows calm and clear,
There is no angry weather, and wherefore do you fear?"
"My lady, hush! the kern sees something on the way."'
"My lord, why listen to him?—I have such news to say."
"False Dearvorgil" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
"Look, kern, again, and answer, where creeps the lone wolf now?"
"I see a king's plume waving by yonder oak-tree's bough."
"It is a hawk he watches, that is hanging there so low."
"Then at that bird of evil, dark death, I'll bend my bow."
"False Dearvorgil" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Another successful Honor Flight for Kern County.
In three days and two nights, Kern County's World War II veterans saw it all.
Kern sets state TD passes record as No.
LAMONT, Calif.— Kern County authorities say a man who shot at deputies and led officers on a manhunt has been found dead in a trailer.
Kern , 90, Somerset, formerly of Glen Savage.
Kern , 90, Somerset, formerly of Glen Savage, died Nov 10, 2012 at Somerset Hospital.
Voters in Kern County doesn't quite match the rest of the state on 11 propositions, although the outcome from early results appeared to be pretty much the same on most measures.
2012 Kern County Candidate List.
The following link will open the Kern County Candidate List for the NOVEMBER 6, 2012 CONSOLIDATED PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION.
SDG&E to Tap Energy Sources In Kern County.
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy held a dedication event recently for two large-scale energy projects in Kern County that will provide power to San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
Tony Kern challenged this year's Safety Standdown audience in Wichita to stay ahead of the leadership curve.
If you're Jon Kern , you ridicule it.
Playwright Jon Kern looks at terrorism, and laughs.
This Oct 15, 2012 photo shows playwright Jon Kern at Second Stage Theatre in New York.

In science:

The phases of the two optical peaks (Kern et al., 2003) as well as of the γ -ray peak claimed by Ramanamurthy et al.(1996) are also shown.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
Kern for valuable feedback. Transforming to the rotating frame may be avoided and/ or removing both linear and bilinear terms is possible by Pseudo-RPD, where paths always begin with 1, is able slightly generalizing the schemes discussed here . L. F.
Enhanced Convergence and Robust Performance of Randomized Dynamical Decoupling
Becker-Kern et al. show that the CTRW limit is X (t) = Y (Et ) (t ≥ 0), where Y is a real-valued stable L´evy process with index α = 2β and Et is the inverse of a β -stable subordinator.
Fractal Dimensions for Continuous Time Random Walk Limits
Becker-Kern, P., Meerschaert, M. M. and Scheffler, H.-P. (2004).
Correction: Limit theorems for coupled continuous time random walks
ADAM BARCZYK AND PETER KERN this case the right-sided inverse eη← (x, v ) defined in (2.2) is independent of v ∈ Sd−1 as the pro jection of the L´evy measure η is the same for every direction, cf.
Scaling limits of coupled continuous time random walks and residual order statistics through marked point processes