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Meaning of KERNEL

Pronunciation:  'kurnl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
  2. [n]  a single whole grain of a cereal; "a kernel of corn"
  3. [n]  the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone; "black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell"

KERNEL is a 6 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: center, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
 See Also: caryopsis, cognitive content, content, corn, grain, haecceity, hypostasis, mental object, plant part, quiddity, quintessence, seed, stuff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ker"nel\, n. [OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel,
    fr. corn grain. See {Corn}, and cf. {Kern} to harden.]
    1. The essential part of a seed; all that is within the seed
       walls; the edible substance contained in the shell of a
       nut; hence, anything included in a shell, husk, or
       integument; as, the kernel of a nut. See Illust. of
             ' A were as good crack a fusty nut with no kernel
    2. A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn.
    3. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a
       nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
    4. The central, substantial or essential part of anything;
       the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.
  2. \Ker"nel\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Kerneled}or {Kernelled};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Kerneling} or {Kernelling}.]
    To harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels.
Computing Dictionary

(Note: NOT "kernal").

1. The essential part of unix or other operating systems, responsible for resource allocation, low-level hardware interfaces, security etc. See also microkernel.

2. An essential subset of a programming language, in terms of which other constructs are (or could be) defined. Also known as a core language.

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