verb (used with object), ker·neled, ker·nel·ing or (especially British) ker·nelled, ker·nel·ling.
- kern, jerome,
- kernel sentence,
- kernel smut,
- kernig's sign
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|Annaliza Savage|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andrew Romano|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"It's really your fault," Veda wails, and Mildred recognizes the kernel of truth in her accusation.
When they are cracked by end to end crackers, the shell and kernel drop free.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
I was doubtful about the corn, so I dug up a kernel, and I found it sprouted, and I put it back and covered it.The Clammer and the Submarine|William John Hopkins
It has been the kernel of success in many a philanthropic undertaking, secular and religious alike.The Children of the Poor|Jacob A. Riis
The fantastic dogmas are but the husk of which this is the kernel.Palestine|Claude Reignier Conder
He can then vary by stringing first one kernel and one straw; then two kernels and one straw; then three, etc.Home Occupations for Boys and Girls|Bertha Johnston
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled
Word Origin 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.