Definition of microkernel in English:


Syllabification: mi·cro·ker·nel
Pronunciation: /ˈmīkrōˌkərnl


  • A small modular part of an operating system kernel that implements its basic features.
    More example sentences
    • A superior approach is to instead implement a microkernel, or lightweight operating system, designed for the specific purpose of serving data.
    • Their argument was that, due to their intrinsic design, microkernels' basic functions could be transformed into modules and, thus, loaded and unloaded as needed.
    • According to long-running Mac user website MacInTouch, at least one CD distributed by the major label includes a Mac OS X application that purportedly installs a pair of extensions to the operating system's microkernel.

More definitions of microkernel

Definition of microkernel in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space