- a thickness of wood forming a base for a veneer.
- a wooden construction, as in a door, forming a backing for veneers.
- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object), cored, cor·ing.
Origin of core1
Synonyms for core
n acronym for (in the US)
- the central, innermost, or most essential part of somethingthe core of the argument
- (as modifier)the core meaning
- 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
Word Origin 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.
see rotten to the core.