- the central part of a fleshy fruit, containing the seeds.
- the central, innermost, or most essential part of anything.
- Also called magnetic core. Electricity. the piece of iron, bundle of iron wires, or other ferrous material forming the central or inner portion in an electromagnet, induction coil, transformer, or the like.
- (in mining, geology, etc.) a cylindrical sample of earth, mineral, or rock extracted from the ground by means of a corer so that the strata are undisturbed in the sample.
- the inside wood of a tree.
- Anthropology. a lump of stone, as flint, from which prehistoric humans struck flakes in order to make tools.Compare flake tool.
- a thickness of wood forming a base for a veneer.
- a wooden construction, as in a door, forming a backing for veneers.
- Engineering. kern2.
- a thickness of base metal beneath a cladding.
- the softer interior of a piece of casehardened metal.
- a specially formed refractory object inserted into a mold to produce cavities or depressions in the casting that cannot be readily formed on the pattern.
- Geology. the central portion of the earth, having a radius of about 2100 miles (3379 km) and believed to be composed mainly of iron and nickel in a molten state.Compare crust(def 6), mantle(def 3).
- Also called reactor core. Physics. the region in a reactor that contains its fissionable material.
- Also called magnetic core.a small ring or loop of ferromagnetic material with two states of polarization that can be changed by changing the direction of the current applied in wires wound around the ring, used to store one bit of information or to perform switching or logical functions.
- Also called main memory, RAM.a term used to refer to main memory, though no longer made from from coils of ferromagnetic material.
- Ropemaking. heart(def 16).
- Phonetics. the final segment of a syllable beginning with the vowel and including any following consonants; the nucleus plus the coda.Compare onset(def 3).
- the muscles of the torso, which provide support for the spine and pelvis: Building a strong core can help with posture and flexibility and can prevent back injury.
- to remove the core of (fruit).
- to cut from the central part.
- to remove (a cylindrical sample) from the interior, as of the earth or a tree trunk: to core the ocean bottom.
- to form a cavity in (a molded object) by placing a core, as of sand, in the mold before pouring.
- of central importance; basic; fundamental: the core values of our organization.
- noting or relating to the muscles of the torso: core exercises for back pain.
Origin of core1
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- a small company or group of people, especially a gang of miners or a small corps of workers.
Origin of core2
- Congress of Racial Equality.
- a combining form extracted from hard-core and used especially to form words that name a rebellious, antimainstream lifestyle, social movement, type of music, etc.: emocore; queercore.
Examples from the Web for core
It is a spy series at its core, but you guys never really pull from the headlines.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
Some of them would open up deep splits in core Democratic constituencies.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
The recent attacks were directed at Sony, but they cut to the core of our free society.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
What is important is the success Homeland has in capturing the core of the business.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
Then, as in Fig. 9, cut the core loose from the outside skin.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Even the best of them were rotten to the core, and but mere adventurers.Ridgeway
It turned out that a splinter of iron wire had penetrated the core.Heroes of the Telegraph
Pare and core them, and either leave them whole, or cut them into quarters.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
The stick can do him no good, and I want it in my heart's core.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
- the central part of certain fleshy fruits, such as the apple or pear, consisting of the seeds and supporting parts
- the central, innermost, or most essential part of somethingthe core of the argument
- (as modifier)the core meaning
- a piece of magnetic material, such as soft iron, placed inside the windings of an electromagnet or transformer to intensify and direct the magnetic field
- geology the central part of the earth, beneath the mantle, consisting mainly of iron and nickel, which has an inner solid part surrounded by an outer liquid part
- a cylindrical sample of rock, soil, etc, obtained by the use of a hollow drill
- shaped body of material (in metal casting usually of sand) supported inside a mould to form a cavity of predetermined shape in the finished casting
- physics the region of a nuclear reactor in which the reaction takes place
- a layer of wood serving as a backing for a veneer
- one of several processing units working in parallel in a computer
- a ferrite ring formerly used in a computer memory to store one bit of information
- short for core store
- (as modifier)core memory
- archaeol a lump of stone or flint from which flakes or blades have been removed
- physics the nucleus together with all complete electron shells of an atom
- (tr) to remove the core from (fruit)
- Congress of Racial Equality
- indicating a type of popular musicdancecore
- indicating the number of processing units working in parallel in a computerdual-core
Word Origin and History for core
late 14c., probably from Old French coeur "core of fruit, heart of lettuce," literally "heart," from Latin cor "heart," from PIE root *kerd- "heart" (see heart). Nuclear reactor sense is from 1949.
mid-15c., from core (n.). Related: Cored; coring.
- The central or innermost part.
- The part of a nuclear reactor where fission occurs.
- The central or innermost portion of the Earth, lying below the mantle and probably consisting of iron and nickel. It is divided into a liquid outer core, which begins at a depth of 2,898 km (1,800 mi), and a solid inner core, which begins at a depth of 4,983 km (3,090 mi).
- A piece of magnetizable material, such as a rod of soft iron, that is placed inside an electrical coil or transformer to intensify and provide a path for the magnetic field produced by the current running through the wire windings.
- The central part of a nuclear reactor where atomic fission occurs. The core contains the fuel, the coolant, and the moderator.
- A long, cylindrical sample of soil, rock, or ice collected with a drill to study the strata of material that are not visible from the surface.
- A stone from which one or more flakes have been removed, serving as a tool in itself or as a source of flakes from which other tools could be fashioned. Stones used as cores include flint, chert, and obsidian. See more at core tool.
Idioms and Phrases with core
see rotten to the core.