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Kelvin: A unit of measure expressed in degrees used to denote the colour temperature of a light source on the Kelvin or absolute temperature scale.
Kerf: The width of the cut or channel made by a saw blade or other cutting tool.
Kerning: The process of moving pairs of letters farther apart or closer together to make them appear more evenly spaced. Most design software offers an automatic kerning feature which greatly reduces the need for manual kerning. (See also letter spacing and tracking.)
Kick plate: A metal or plastic plate placed along the bottom of a sign structure in order to protect its surface against damage from kicking or other moderate contact.
Kiosk: A small, freestanding structure traditionally used for the posting of temporary signs and notices. May also be equipped with an interactive computer screen and may provide services such as event ticket sales.
Knife bevel: The angle of the vertical cutting edge of a blade. The angle is increased to aid knife travel through thicker material that produces more friction between the blade and medium.