- the softer, usually edible part contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
- the body of a seed within its husk or integuments.
- a whole seed grain, as of wheat or corn.
- South Atlantic States. the pit or seed of a peach, cherry, plum, etc.
- the central or most important part of anything; essence; gist; core: His leadership is the kernel of the organization.
- Mathematics. the set of elements that a given function from one set to a second set maps into the identity of the second set.
- Also called rumpf. Physical Chemistry. the remainder of an atom after the valence electrons have been removed.
- to enclose as a kernel.
Origin of kernel
Examples from the Web for kernel
Meanwhile, a tiny rebellion is brewing—the kernel, it seems, for the future Rebel Alliance.‘Star Wars Rebels’ Explores the Jedi’s Lost Years Between the Prequels and the Original Trilogy
August 2, 2014
The kernel at the center of Downton Abbey is that ever-appropriate sigh: “Kids these days!”‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Review: The Depressing Demise of a Once-Great Show
February 24, 2014
However, with our story, to give it dramatic tension, it was almost based on a kernel of truth.Steve Coogan Makes His Bid For Some Serious, Dramatic Roles
November 29, 2013
"It's really your fault," Veda wails, and Mildred recognizes the kernel of truth in her accusation.Hollywood's Bad Mother Obsession
December 29, 2010
Its kernel is very bitter, and it is said to be a specific against fevers.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Mark strangled over a kernel of corn and stared, teary-eyed, at Billy.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
It is that kernel of personality which inclines him in this direction or that.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
Without that discipline they would have been a shell without a kernel.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
Other experiments show that the Praeparturien shell and kernel are about equal.Walnut Growing in Oregon
- the edible central part of a seed, nut, or fruit within the shell or stone
- the grain of a cereal, esp wheat, consisting of the seed in a hard husk
- the central or essential part of something
- (intr) rare to form kernels
Word Origin and History for kernel
Old English cyrnel "seed, kernel, pip," from Proto-Germanic *kurnilo- (cf. Middle High German kornel, Middle Dutch cornel), from the root of corn "seed, grain" (see corn (n.1)) + -el, diminutive suffix. Figurative sense of "core or central part of anything" is from 1550s.
- A grain or seed, as of a cereal grass, enclosed in a husk.
- The inner, usually edible seed of a nut or fruit stone.