kerning

noun
kern·​ing | \ ˈkər-niŋ How to pronounce kerning (audio) \
plural kernings

Definition of kerning

1 typography : the act or result of kerning characters Good kerning can enhance a font's appearance.
2 typography : the distance between a kerned pair of adjacent characters in a line of composed text increased the kerning between the f and the period a kerning of +100 Adobe typefaces tend to have between 500 and 1000 kerning pairs. The El Cheapo font that you downloaded for free from the Web may not have any.— Nigel French broadly : letterspacing, tracking

First Known Use of kerning

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kerning

from gerund of kern entry 3

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“Kerning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kerning. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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