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
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
Recent Examples of kernel from the Web
The only kernel of truth here is that the amendment has language that states insurers can’t limit access to coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
To be sure, there are promising kernels in the designs prepared by Chicago's Goettsch Partners for Riverside Investment & Development, the hometown developer Amtrak chose to carry out this $1 billion-plus project.
That's just 1.5 percent fewer kernels but still a significant shortfall for tight markets, causing a 13 percent price hike and jitters in the emerging ethanol industry.
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Origin and Etymology of kernel
Middle English, from Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
KERNEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kernel for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of kernel for Students
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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