kernel

[kur-nl]

noun

verb (used with object), ker·neled, ker·nel·ing or (especially British) ker·nelled, ker·nel·ling.

to enclose as a kernel.

Origin of kernel

before 1000; Middle English kirnel, Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn seed, corn1
Related formsker·nel·less, adjectiveker·nel·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kerneling

kernel

noun

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

verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled

(intr) rare to form kernels
Derived Formskernel-less, adjective

Word Origin for kernel

Old English cyrnel a little seed, from corn seed; see corn 1
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Word Origin and History for kerneling

kernel

n.

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.

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kerneling in Science

kernel

[kûrnəl]

A grain or seed, as of a cereal grass, enclosed in a husk.
The inner, usually edible seed of a nut or fruit stone.
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