Definition of 'kernel'


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1. The central (usually edible) part of a nut, especially once the hard shell has been removed.

2. US The stone of certain fruits, such as peaches or plums.

3. mathematics The set of members of a fuzzy set that are fully included (i.e., whose grade of membership is 1).

4. The core, center, or essence of an object or system.

5. computing The central part of many computer operating systems which manages the system's resources and the communication between hardware and software components.

6. mathematics, algebra Those elements, in the domain of a function, which the function maps to zero.

7. A single seed or grain, especially of corn or wheat.

8. The usually edible seed inside the hard covering of a nut or fruit stone.

9. A small amount of something, especially when potentially developing into something else.

10. A grain or seed, as of a cereal grass, enclosed in a husk.

11. The central or most important part; the core.

12. A single seed or grain.

13. The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core.

14. 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. See Illust. of endocarp.

15. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.

16. a single whole grain of a cereal

17. Figuratively — The central part of anything; a mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus in general.

18. In metallurgy, a nucleus of a double sulphid of copper and iron obtained in roasting cupriferous iron pyrites. The kernels are separated by hand from the lumps of pyrites and are melted for copper.

19. The edible substance contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.

20. In pyrenomycetous fungi, in old usage, all of the soft parts of the pyrenocarp or perithecium within the firm outer wall. In both these senses a synonym of nucleus.

21. A battlement.

22. An enlarged lymphatic gland.

23. A gramineous seed with its husk or integument; a grain or corn: as, a kernel of wheat, oats, or maize: formerly applied also to the seed of the apple and other pulpy fruits.

24. Technically, in botany: In phanerogams, strictly, the whole body of a seed within the coats, namely, the embryo, and, when present, the albumen.

25. The important part of anything, as a matter in discussion; the main or essential point, as opposed to matters of less import; the core; the gist: as, to come to the kernel of the question.

26. The bundle of fat on the fore shoulder; any swelling or knob of flesh.

27. To crenelate.

28. Tocrenelate.

29. To harden or ripen into kernels, as the seeds of plants.

30. To harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels.


1. The last specific point of fraud concerns the rational kernel of irrational ideas.

2. Add the popcorn kernels and swirl to cover with oil.

3. It takes two or three months to find the kernel of the story.

4. Run a knife down the outside of each cob to release the corn kernels.

5. That was one of the kernels of the idea for engaging people on a more permanent basis.

6. Place a third of a cup of high-quality popcorn kernels in the saucepan and cover.

7. You take a kernel of corn, and put it in the ground.

8. A small amount of corn is consumed at dining tables in kernel or processed form.

9. It shows people placing their mobile phones next to popcorn kernels, which appeared to make the kernels pop.

10. The mince is stuffed with toasted pine kernels, softened sultanas and blanched, chopped spinach.

11. There have been new elections, but still there is the tight, hard kernel of anger.

12. Finally, a sprinkling of toasted pine kernels and flat-leaf parsley.

13. Cynics scoffed, but there's a hard kernel of integrity here.

14. Lightly toast the pine kernels in a dry frying pan on a medium heat, shaking frequently; remove toasted kernels from the pan.

15. By default the kernel logger dumped all 16 MB of output into c: \kernel. etl.

16. It is, I suppose, the only nut in the world of which one throws away the kernel and eats the shell; but the kernel is as hard as marble, while the shell is fibrous, and tastes like stale ginger-bread.

17. For the last four years, the pony-tailed Jonathan Corbet, kernel developer and editor, has presented what he calls the kernel report at Australia's national Linux conference.

18. The whole kernel is immersed in digestive enzymes and your body pulls out what it can use, Dr. Sheth said.

19. This uses a modified Darwin kernel to bootstrap a regular, unaltered Mac OSX Leopard retail disk.

20. The entire kernel is used in whole-grain products, making them a better source of fiber and other nutrients.

21. ‘What are commonly thought of as spices today are a collection of seeds, berries, flowers, fruits, kernels, roots, rhizomes, leaves, arils, barks and saps that are used in cooking and food preparation.’

22. ‘Some of you may wonder how locals manage to work the edible kernel from its black shell within seconds, while holding a conversation.’

23. ‘At the heart of the fleshy fruit, snug within its stony kernel, lies a bitter seed that is purported to hold miraculous anti-tumour properties.’

24. ‘Crack a handful of whole new season's walnuts, remove the kernels from the shells and halve and quarter them.’

25. ‘The trees are elegant, usually small, and they bear bunches of small fruits; these are dark red when ripe, with seeds whose edible kernels constitute nuts and which have local importance as food in various parts of SE Asia.’

26. ‘Macadamia is cultivated for its edible kernels.’

27. ‘Halfway through cooking roughly chop the tomatoes and add them, then, once the wheat is cooked (it should still be nubbly and have some bite), stir in the toasted pine kernels and chopped mint leaves.’

28. ‘Stress cracks are internal splits within kernels, and indicate that the corn underwent severe drying conditions.’

29. ‘The kernels are available shelled or unshelled, toasted or raw.’

30. ‘It's an almond kernel housed within a date and enrobed in dodgy Middle Eastern chocolate.’

31. ‘Scatter the slivers of garlic and the pine kernels on top of the meat mixture, pressing them down a bit with the flat of your hand.’

32. ‘I plumped for whole grilled lemon sole with smoked salmon and wasabi butter, while my companion chose grilled halibut with wild mushrooms on creamed leeks and pine kernels.’

33. ‘For pesto, the traditional method is to put basil leaves into the mortar before adding a fat clove of garlic, then some local olive oil and a handful of pine kernels.’

34. ‘From the salad menu, I chose the vine leaves stuffed with rice and pine kernels and served with sour cream.’

35. ‘Nutmeg is the kernel of the seed from an evergreen tree.’

36. ‘The trouble with most speeches is that they suffer from extraneous verbiage - too much shell, not enough kernel.’

37. ‘Back then the plant had small cobs and small, hard kernels of little nutritional value.’

38. ‘For interesting crunch and flavor try tossing the kernels into your cereal or scattering them on top of the cream cheese on your morning bagel.’

39. ‘The shell of the coconut is hard and rough, but the milk and kernel inside are delicious.’

40. ‘So eat the kernel and throw away the husk when you're done.’

41. ‘The presence in wheat kernels of a cathepsin B gene led the search for its barley counterpart.’

42. ‘The quality of that flour is due, in large part, to the work of hundreds of different proteins that perform specialized tasks inside the wheat kernel, or grain.’

43. ‘Refined white flour is what's left after the nutrient-packed germ and bran are milled out of the wheat kernel.’

44. ‘Wheat germ is the small, inner part of the wheat kernel that is a concentrated source of nutrients.’

45. ‘‘Mature wheat kernels can sprout in the head when it rains just before harvest,’ Simmons says.’

46. ‘She started by excising the embryos from immature wheat kernels.’

47. ‘While the dry weather is excellent for combining, there have been reports of wheat kernels almost too dry, a factor which can reduce weight.’

48. ‘Nutritionally, oats are similar to whole wheat, the main difference being that the oat kernel has not been taken apart, and the wheat kernel has.’

49. ‘Wheat fields are ripening with the kernels in the soft to hard dough stages.’

50. ‘This process destroys the germ and prevents the kernel from sprouting.’

51. ‘As in most early societies, there is plenty of evidence that Mayans and Aztecs were brewing from corn debris - husks, cobs and mashed kernels - long before the Europeans arrived.’

52. ‘Bulgur is white or red, hard or soft, whole-wheat kernels that have been cracked, partially cooked and dried.’

53. ‘High air temperatures and uneven moisture content within the kernel result in a much higher incidence of stress cracks in the kernels.’

54. ‘Most grain mold pathogens become associated with the kernel in the field but can grow within the colonized kernel and even spread to adjacent kernels during storage.’

55. ‘Wheat grains possess a furrow running along the length of the kernel with a vascular bundle embedded at the bottom.’

56. ‘While all of these arguments contain a kernel of truth, close analysis shows that they are disingenuous at best and downright misleading at worst.’

57. ‘Of course, there is a kernel of truth to what he's saying.’

58. ‘The essence of fabrication about someone's political position is to take a kernel of truth and apply so much distortion as to turn it into a lie.’

59. ‘There is a kernel of truth in these colourful illusions.’

60. ‘There is a kernel of truth to the claims that recruitment is down, but that's for support units.’

61. ‘In order for the farce/comedy bits to work one must feel they have a kernel of truth.’

62. ‘The familiar lament by mothers everywhere may have a kernel of scientific truth.’

63. ‘I'm willing to bet that there is a kernel of truth to this story and the rest is all rot.’

64. ‘As with any technical topic, one needs to weed through a vast amount of information to find a kernel of truth.’

65. ‘But there's always at least a kernel of truth in their stories, frequently much more than that.’

66. ‘The kernel of truth at the centre of an emotion is best discovered with the writerly equivalent of controlled burning, that is, a fearlessly wielded red pen.’

67. ‘Anyway, here's a piece Lucas wrote for the New Statesman two years ago, which I assume shows the kernel of his argument.’

68. ‘But cliches, like myths, are often built around kernels of pure truth.’

69. ‘There are kernels of truth in even its most outrageous statements.’

70. ‘These charges got considerable play in the press, and it must be said they contained kernels of truth.’

71. ‘The story also is an example of how kernels of truth are often contained in jokes or humorous anecdotes.’

72. ‘Gordon's statements about automobile steering have some kernels of truth but are also inaccurate.’

73. ‘The fine crafting of the words and the kernels of human truth they contain come together as sympathetic wholes.’

74. ‘The solution is always within the kernel of the problem itself.’

75. ‘It's hard to say more without giving away the precious kernels of the plot.’

76. ‘There is hardware support for position independent code and secure operation though privileged modes that prevent user programs from corrupting the operating system kernel.’

77. ‘In 1991, Torvalds began experimenting with a rudimentary operating system kernel.’

78. ‘The block layer is the chunk of the kernel responsible for supporting block devices.’

79. ‘The problematic patch, designed to fix a flaw in the way the kernel passes error messages to a debugger, was issued on April 16.’

80. ‘Because it takes our time and effort to recompile and reinstall kernels, we modified only four computers needed to cluster seven processors.’

81. a kernel of corn

Other users have misspelling kernel as:

1. kerni 34.2%

2. kernal 3.19%

3. Other 62.61%

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