Definition of kernel in English:
1A softer, usually edible part of a nut, seed, or fruit stone contained within its hard shell.
- 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.
- Some of you may wonder how locals manage to work the edible kernel from its black shell within seconds, while holding a conversation.
- 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.
1.1The seed and hard husk of a cereal, especially wheat.
- The presence in wheat kernels of a cathepsin B gene led the search for its barley counterpart.
- 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.
- Refined white flour is what's left after the nutrient-packed germ and bran are milled out of the wheat kernel.
1.2 [in singular] The central or most important part of something: this is the kernel of the argument
More example sentences
- While all of these arguments contain a kernel of truth, close analysis shows that they are disingenuous at best and downright misleading at worst.
- Of course, there is a kernel of truth to what he's saying.
- 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.
1.3The most basic level or core of an operating system of a computer, responsible for resource allocation, file management, and security.
- There is hardware support for position independent code and secure operation though privileged modes that prevent user programs from corrupting the operating system kernel.
- In 1991, Torvalds began experimenting with a rudimentary operating system kernel.
- The block layer is the chunk of the kernel responsible for supporting block devices.
Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn1.