“K” may refer to kilowatts or refer to an abbreviation for Kelvin (like 5,400K for daylight). In relation to kilowatts, K is used when referring to quartz lights or HMIs (to check the amount of the brightness in relation to the consumption of power). 1 Kilowatt is made up of 1,000 Watts.
Kana is the Japanese phonetic version of the written language. Kana comes in two forms – katakana and hiragana. Katakana may be used to stress a certain aspect of a word (similar to putting the word in bold print or in italics). It may also be used to write names and words that come from other languages (with the exception of Chinese). Hiragana is normally used to change kanji and write Chinese and Japanese words phonetically. Both katakana and hiragana use forty-six basic characters that in turn can be made into one hundred syllables.
Kanji is made up of Chinese characters that create one of the three main scripts utilized for Japanese writing; the other two basic scripts are katakana and hiragana. Kanji characters may be a whole word or the stem of the word depending upon the context. Frequently the meaning of the symbols communicate better than the phonetically-written versions of the same word. However, they are also more intricate and complex, and not useful to phonetic writing. Thus, they are not useful for words that are taken from languages other than Chinese.
A common word in the original Japanese vocal tracks for United States fans not familiar with the Japanese language. Kawaii means “It is so cute!” It is a phrase most often used by female characters.
Kelvin is a term taken from the name of the scientist Lord Kelvin; he invented the color temperature scale.
To kern means to push together characters in order to make a bitter fit of white space and strokes. Usually characters must be kerned in display type due to the white space amongst characters at bigger sizes being more obvious.
A term describing the main values of a painting or drawing. “High key” is the description of a work that remains predominately in lighter values; “Low key” is the description of a work that contains mostly darker values.
A kicker is a short lead-in phrase to a narrative or chapter. Often a kicker is set smaller than the headline of the narrative, or the title of the chapter. However, the kicker is bigger in size then the text type.
A traditional costume designed in Japan. It became fashionable for Western women to wear the Japanese gown as a special at-home gown in the late 19th century, and thus the term kimono was used to refer to a dressing gown. In the early 20th century, the kimono sleeve and kimono coat were changed from the traditional Japanese kimono to Western style.
Knockout refers to a color being printed right next to a second color (there exists a small overlap in the printing of the colors).