kernel

noun
ker·​nel | \ ˈkər-nᵊl How to pronounce kernel (audio) \

Definition of kernel

1 : the inner softer part of a seed, fruit stone, or nut … as brown in hue as hazelnuts, and sweeter than the kernels.— William Shakespeare
2 : a whole seed of a cereal a kernel of corn
3 : a central or essential part : germ like many stereotypes … this one too contains some kernels of truth— S. M. Lyman
4 chiefly dialectal : a fruit seed
5 mathematics : a subset of the elements of one set (such as a group) that a function (such as a homomorphism) maps onto an identity element of another set

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Examples of kernel in a Sentence

There's not a kernel of truth in what they say. the kernel of your argument seems to be the inevitability of the division of that nation along ethnic lines

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In their whole, natural form, grain seeds, or kernels, consist of three parts: the bran (the tough outer layer), the germ (the tiny, nutrient-dense core), and the endosperm (the largest, starchy part) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Exactly Are Refined Carbs?," 18 May 2019 The cleverly named Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, announced at Microsoft’s Build event this week, shakes things up by shipping a full Linux kernel (version 4.19) within Windows itself as a lightweight virtual machine. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "How Windows and Chrome quietly made 2019 the year of Linux on the desktop," 10 May 2019 There’s a kernel of a bright idea in that paradox, but, alas, the movie isn’t about Avery, or especially bright. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: ‘I Feel Pretty’ Doesn’t Even Go Skin Deep," 19 Apr. 2018 Why there’s no sentience kernels or A.I. or Olympias. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 But at its heart is a kernel of historic truth that gives the film a powerful connection to modern audiences: Queen Anne was, in all likelihood, interested in women. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 Add a quarter cup of popcorn kernels to the bottom half of the Air Basket, top it with the top half of the Air Basket, and slide it into the June. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 When the corn is cool enough to handle, lay 1 ear on a cutting board and with a small knife, cut off a row of kernels, moving the knife from the thick to the thin end. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A large round of pizza dough is grilled with veggies and ricotta, then drizzled with honey," 9 July 2018 Top with a layer of corn kernels, then sprinkle evenly with cheese and spread with a layer of salsa (use a half to full jar on each pizza). Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Joy's Mexican Taco Pizza," 19 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of kernel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for kernel

Middle English, from Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn

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kernel

noun

English Language Learners 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

kernel

noun
ker·​nel | \ ˈkər-nᵊl How to pronounce kernel (audio) \

Kids Definition of kernel

1 : the inner softer part of a seed, fruit stone, or nut
2 : the whole grain or seed of a cereal plant a kernel of corn
3 : a very small amount a kernel of truth

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