Definition of kernel
- … as brown in hue as hazelnuts, and sweeter than the kernels.
- —William Shakespeare
- a kernel of corn
- like many stereotypes … this one too contains some kernels of truth
- —S. M. Lyman
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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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
sum and substance, the long and short (or the long and the short);
: 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
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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