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 for kerning
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kern \Kern\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kerned; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Kerning. ] (Type Founding)
     To form with a kern. See 2d Kern.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      In typography, the process of adjusting the spacing
     between certain pairs of characters to improve the appearance of
     the text.  Roughly speaking, this can be thought of as equalising
     the area of space between adjacent characters.  Each character
     of a proportional font has a width that includes some space on
     either side so that adjacent letters don't touch.  Some pairs of
     characters such as A and V, look better if the spaces overlap
     slightly, bringing the characters closer together (but still not
     touching).  In most cases, kerning reduces the spacing ("negative
     kerning") but some pairs like "r" and "y" look better with extra
     space ("positive kerning").
     See also tracking, leading.

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