1The tough central part of various fruits, containing the seeds: quarter the pears, remove the cores then slice again into wedges
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- It were as if thoughts shared whilst freewheeling down a country lane existed for just those few shameless moments, then could be thrown away, to decay in the hedgerows like the discarded cores of forbidden fruit.
- Cut four ‘sides’ from each pepper and discard the central core and seeds.
- The absence of a core in the picked fruit makes raspberries softer and juicier to eat than blackberries.
2The central or most important part of something.
2.1 [often as modifier] The part of something that is central to its existence or character: managers can concentrate on their core activities the plan has the interests of children at its core
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- PPL's decision, as Scotland on Sunday reported last week, is prompted by £14.2m losses and the need to concentrate on its core activities.
- This management trend is the latest in a line of effective ways of reducing costs and allowing organisations to concentrate on their core activities.
- Like its competitors, Nestlé Rowntree is now concentrating on its core activity: making confectionery.
heart, heart of the matter, nucleus, nub, kernel, marrow, meat, essence, quintessence, crux, gist, pith, substance, basis, fundamentals
informal nitty-gritty, brass tacks, nuts and bolts
2.2An important or unchanging group of people forming the central part of a larger body.
- Assessing the performance of employees who form the core of any organisation, through a well-defined system, is probably the easiest way to achieve this goal.
- The core of the steering committee is around 35 - the same group of people since just after the coup d'état and we form a very strong block.
- But McGurk's expertise has helped keep the central core of the team strong although he is keen to scratch out a few more clean sheets.
3The dense central region of a planet, especially the nickel-iron inner part of the earth.
- The Earth has an iron core surrounded by a dense layer called the mantle, which is capped with a thin rind of rocky crust.
- In time, seismograph recordings enabled geologists to determine that Earth has a dense core surrounded by a slowly flowing mantle and a thin outer crust.
- Scientists believe the magnetic field is generated deep inside the Earth where the heat of the planet's solid inner core churns a liquid outer core of iron and nickel.
3.1The central part of a nuclear reactor, which contains the fissile material.
- Within the core of nuclear reactors, a transmutation-process goes through the sequence of the outer planet-names.
- The heart of any nuclear reactor is the core, which contains the fuel, a moderator, and control rods.
- The whining pitch of the nuclear cores heightened to a point where the team of soldiers out there dropped their weapons and held their hands over their ears in intense agony.
3.2The muscles of the torso, especially the lower back and abdominal area, which assist in the maintenance of good posture, balance, etc. nothing will strengthen your core like balancing a heavy barbell on your back or lifting one off the floor [as modifier]: the core muscles of the abdomen
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- Try using a Swiss ball for some of your core exercises and keep your core engaged when lifting weights.
- Plus he does core work, which focuses on the midsection and helps reduce lower-back injuries - an important precaution for firefighters.
- Under Reese's guidance, Hansen focuses intently on building core strength and complementing the building of muscle strength with the maintenance of flexibility.
3.3A tiny ring of magnetic material used in a computer memory to store one bit of data, now superseded by semiconductor memories.
- It was a gigantic application of the first generation of high-speed computers with magnetic core memories.
- Naturally both cards had some reserves left in terms of performance by increasing the clockspeed of both the core and the memory.
- In some circumstances the system will prompt you to reboot at that point so it can detect the default core and memory speeds of your card.
3.4The inner strand of an electrical cable or rope.
- Sharks have been known to decide to bite them, there were worms called Teredo worms, which used to like to eat the gutta percha, which was used to insulate the copper wire at the core of the cable.
- Inner core was jointed to the outer mesh with non-conductive fishing line, and everything was held together with old-fashioned duct tape.
- The smaller the core and the poorer electrical conductor its material was, the faster the field would decay.
3.7A cylindrical sample of rock, ice, or other material obtained by boring with a hollow drill.
- Ships may also carry huge deep-sea drills that pull cores of sediment and rock from the beneath the ocean.
- The block samples were obtained following ongoing excavation of the quarry floor, and the core samples by diamond drilling below the quarry floor.
- And there's an instrument on board Beagle 2 called the mole and the mole will burrow under the soil and the drill will take a drill core from a rock.
3.8 Archaeology A piece of flint from which flakes or blades have been removed.
- Hopewellian chert tool industries consist of three discrete manufacturing trajectories, resulting in tools made on cores, flakes, and blades.
- The vast majority of chert tools found at Hopewell sites are not made from blades, but from reduction flakes derived from multidirectional cores.
- A piece of flint struck from a core which characteristically shows traces of the processes of removal: concentric fracture ripples and a bulb of percussion.
4 [as modifier] Economics Denoting or relating to a figure for inflation that excludes certain items, chiefly food and energy, that are subject to sudden and temporary price fluctuations: core inflation was up 2.3 percent over the 12 month period Compare with headline (sense 2 of the noun).
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- The latest data matches the December 2001 low for core inflation.
- Despite significant increases in the headline inflation, core inflation remains low.
- We took the economy from the double-digit inflation of the late 1970s to a core inflation rate in the two-to-three percent range.
verb[with object] Back to top
Remove the tough central part and seeds from (a fruit): peel and core the pears
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- In a blender, mix one tbsp of honey with one peeled and cored apple.
- For apple pie flavor without the fat-filled crust, stuff cored apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and granola (a sneaky bit of fiber), then cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Glancing up and setting the fourth cored apple aside, Lydia said, ‘Stuffed apples.’
to the core
- To the depths of one’s being: she was shaken to the core by his wordsMore example sentences
- Ultimately, he found his way back to Athens, but his NYU stint was not to be, and he was shaken to the core.
- After the last note faded away, the audience was still, shaken to the core.
- The cremation of the royal remains was therefore a catastrophe that shook Malagasy society to the core.
- 1.1Used to indicate that someone possesses a characteristic to a very high degree: he is a politician to the coreMore example sentences
- On Ghantasala, she said the singer was a perfectionist to the core.
- The whole system of government procurement is utterly corrupt to the core.
- I speak not as a partisan or an opponent of any man or measure, when I say that our politics are rotten to the core.
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- But perhaps even an apple corer is better than nothing?
- Stand the peeled pear on a board and, using an apple corer, gently push down through the pear to remove the core to create a whole, hollow pear, ready for poaching in the syrup.
- Using a narrow apple corer, make a hole at the stem end and scoop out the pulp by twisting it round, being careful not to break the skin.
Middle English: of unknown origin.
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