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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Kern  \Kern\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Kerned};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Kerning}.  ]  (Type  Founding) 
  To  form  with  a  kern.  See  2d  {Kern}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    The  process  of  reducing  the  spacing  between  certain 
  pairs  of  letters  to  improve  their  appearance.  When  a  {font} 
  is  created,  each  {character}  is  given  a  width  that  includes 
  some  space  around  it  so  that  the  letters  don't  run  into  each 
  other  when  displayed  or  printed.  This  can  be  thought  of  as  an 
  invisible  box  around  each  character.  Some  pairs  of  characters 
  such  as  A  and  V,  look  better  if  the  boxes  overlap  slightly, 
  bringing  the  characters  closer  together  (but  still  not 
  See  also  {tracking},  {leading}.