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
Grill 5 minutes, turning often, until the corn kernels begin to brown.
Cranes uproot young shoots of corn in the spring and eat the kernels.
There are many sleepless nights and stressful months before a kernel of success is found.
In the pecking order of a computer system, the kernel is at the very top, allowing anyone with secret access to it to take full control of a machine.
This is important, because otherwise PowerShell—a fairly capable programming language with access to the .NET environment—could be used to write programs that do arbitrary things, such as exploit bugs in the kernel.
Around the same time, the AHA began warning people to minimize saturated fat, including tropical oils like coconut oil and palm kernel oil, both comprising 82 percent saturated fat.
For instance, based on open-source intelligence, NAYANA’s website runs on Linux kernel 18.104.22.168, which was compiled back in 2008.
That kernel of doubt is muting enthusiasm even for those who can find a way to get past all their other issues with KeyArena.
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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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