[ US /ˈkɝnəɫ/ ]
[ UK /kˈɜːnə‍l/ ]
  1. a single whole grain of a cereal
    a kernel of corn
  2. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    the gist of the prosecutor's argument
    the nub of the story
    the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  3. 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
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How To Use kernel In A Sentence

  • [Posted August 16, 2010 by corbet] [Kernel] Posted Aug 16, 2010 16: 44 UTC (Mon) by corbet LWN.net
  • Crack a handful of whole new season's walnuts, remove the kernels from the shells and halve and quarter them.
  • “Malted” barley is barley which is starting to germinate — a process that converts the starch in the kernels into a soluble form called dextrin. Archive 2006-01-01
  • He is also known for applications of the kernel function to conformal mappings.
  • Update 10/23/09 – the answer: A corn sheller, it was used to remove the undesirable shaped kernels of corn from the ends of ears leaving the large flat kernels thought to be the best for planting. What Is It? Game 112
  • Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace of happiness. 
  • The food is gutsy and unpretentious, and recipes such as squid stuffed with raisins and pine kernels, or polenta and Seville orange cake, certainly do it for me.
  • The kernels will only take a few minutes to cook. Times, Sunday Times
  • He munched his way through 165 kernels, picking them up with a toothpick.
  • The kernel of that message was that peace must not be a source of advantage or disad-vantage for anyone.
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