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noun ker·nel \ˈkər-nəl\

Simple Definition of kernel

  • : the small, somewhat soft part inside a seed or nut

  • : a whole seed; especially : one of the yellow seeds that cover an ear of corn

  • : a very small amount of something

Full Definition of kernel

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  a fruit seed

  2. 2 :  the inner softer part of a seed, fruit stone, or nut

  3. 3 :  a whole seed of a cereal <a kernel of corn>

  4. 4 :  a central or essential part :  germ <like many stereotypes … this one too contains some kernels of truth — S. M. Lyman>

  5. 5 :  a subset of the elements of one set (as a group) that a function (as a homomorphism) maps onto an identity element of another set

Examples of kernel

  1. There's not a kernel of truth in what they say.

  2. <the kernel of your argument seems to be the inevitability of the division of that nation along ethnic lines>



Origin of kernel

Middle English, from Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with kernel




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