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kernel

the central, softer part within a hard shell of a nut or fruit stone; the whole seed of grain such as wheat or corn: Popcorn is made from the kernel of corn.; the nucleus or essential part of anything: There was a kernel of truth in everything she said.
Not to be confused with:
colonel – a commissioned officer in the armed forces

ker·nel

 (kûr′nəl)
n.
1. A grain or seed, as of a cereal grass, enclosed in a husk.
2. The usually edible seed inside the hard covering of a nut or fruit stone.
3.
a. The central or most important part; the core: "The kernel of his practical religion was that it was respectable, and beneficial to one's business, to be seen going to services" (Sinclair Lewis).
b. A small amount of something, especially when potentially developing into something else: detected a kernel of anger in his remarks.

[Middle English, from Old English cyrnel; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots.]

ker′neled adj.

kernel

(ˈkɜːnəl)
n
1. (Botany) the edible central part of a seed, nut, or fruit within the shell or stone
2. (Botany) the grain of a cereal, esp wheat, consisting of the seed in a hard husk
3. the central or essential part of something
vb, -nels, -nelling or -nelled, -nels, -neling or -neled
(intr) rare to form kernels
[Old English cyrnel a little seed, from corn seed; see corn1]
ˈkernel-less adj

ker•nel

(ˈkɜr nl)

n., v. -neled, -nel•ing (esp. Brit.) -nelled, -nel•ling. n.
1. the softer, usu. edible part contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
2. the body of a seed within its husk.
3. the central or most important part of anything; essence; core.
v.t.
4. to enclose in or as if in a kernel.
[before 1000; Middle English kirnel, Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn corn1]
ker′nel•less, adj.
ker′nel•ly, adj.

ker·nel

(kûr′nəl)
1. A grain or seed, especially of a cereal plant such as corn or wheat, that is enclosed in a husk.
2. The inner, often edible part of a nut or stone of a fruit, such as a peach or plum.

kernel


Past participle: kernelling
Gerund: kernelled

Imperative
kernel
kernel
Present
I kernel
you kernel
he/she/it kernels
we kernel
you kernel
they kernel
Preterite
I kernelling
you kernelling
he/she/it kernelling
we kernelling
you kernelling
they kernelling
Present Continuous
I am kernelled
you are kernelled
he/she/it is kernelled
we are kernelled
you are kernelled
they are kernelled
Present Perfect
I have kernelling
you have kernelling
he/she/it has kernelling
we have kernelling
you have kernelling
they have kernelling
Past Continuous
I was kernelled
you were kernelled
he/she/it was kernelled
we were kernelled
you were kernelled
they were kernelled
Past Perfect
I had kernelling
you had kernelling
he/she/it had kernelling
we had kernelling
you had kernelling
they had kernelling
Future
I will kernel
you will kernel
he/she/it will kernel
we will kernel
you will kernel
they will kernel
Future Perfect
I will have kernelling
you will have kernelling
he/she/it will have kernelling
we will have kernelling
you will have kernelling
they will have kernelling
Future Continuous
I will be kernelled
you will be kernelled
he/she/it will be kernelled
we will be kernelled
you will be kernelled
they will be kernelled
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kernelled
you have been kernelled
he/she/it has been kernelled
we have been kernelled
you have been kernelled
they have been kernelled
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kernelled
you will have been kernelled
he/she/it will have been kernelled
we will have been kernelled
you will have been kernelled
they will have been kernelled
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kernelled
you had been kernelled
he/she/it had been kernelled
we had been kernelled
you had been kernelled
they had been kernelled
Conditional
I would kernel
you would kernel
he/she/it would kernel
we would kernel
you would kernel
they would kernel
Past Conditional
I would have kernelling
you would have kernelling
he/she/it would have kernelling
we would have kernelling
you would have kernelling
they would have kernelling
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kernel - the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stonekernel - 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"
plant part, plant structure - any part of a plant or fungus
seed - a small hard fruit
2.kernel - a single whole grain of a cereal; "a kernel of corn"
corn - the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal
caryopsis, grain - dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
3.kernel - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
bare bones - (plural) the most basic facts or elements; "he told us only the bare bones of the story"
hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
quintessence - the purest and most concentrated essence of something
stuff - a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

kernel

noun essence, core, substance, gist, grain, marrow, germ, nub, pith the kernel of his message

kernel

noun
1. A fertilized plant ovule capable of germinating:
2. A source of further growth and development:
3. The most central and material part:
Law: gravamen.
Translations
لُب الموضوع، جَوْهَر المسألَهنواة، حَبَّة، بِذْرَه
jádropecka
kerne
lényegemagva
kjarni
branduolys
būtībakauliņškodols
çekirdek içiesasöz

kernel

[ˈkɜːnl] N [of nut] → almendra f; (= seed) [of fruit] → pepita f, pepa f (LAm); [of grain] → grano m (fig) [of matter, question] → meollo m, núcleo m
a kernel of truthun grano de verdad

kernel

[ˈkɜːrnəl] n
[nut] → amande f
(= central point) (fig)noyau m

kernel

n (lit, fig)Kern m

kernel

[ˈkɜːnl] n (of nut) → gheriglio; (of fruit stone) → nocciolo, seme m

kernel

(ˈkəːnl) noun
1. the softer substance inside the shell of a nut, or the stone of a fruit such as a plum, peach etc.
2. the central, most important part of a matter.
References in classic literature ?
The English is according to the time it was written in, and the sense somewhat dark, but not so hard but that it may be understood of such as will not stick to break the shell of the nut for the kernel's sake."
When this fruit arrives to perfect maturity, they either pound the kernel into meal, and make cakes of or draw an oil from it of a fine scent and taste, and of great use in medicine; so that what is reported of the different products of this wonderful tree is neither false nor incredible.
They felt as if they had been duped and made tools of, by a set of shrewd men of traffic, who had employed them to crack the nut, while they carried off the kernel. In a word, M'Dougal found himself so ungraciously received by his countrymen on board of the ship, that he was glad to cut short his visit, and return to shore.
Though there was so little that was complex or artificial in Kitty's character in general, Levin was struck by what was revealed now, when suddenly all disguises were thrown off and the very kernel of her soul shone in her eyes.
She cracked one and was going to eat the kernel, when behold!
I don't mean of the melting sort, but a sound kernel,
These fruits enclosed no kernel. Conseil brought a dozen to Ned Land, who placed them on a coal fire, after having cut them in thick slices, and while doing this repeating:
At night there was never a traveller passed my house, or knocked at my door, more than if I were the first or last man; unless it were in the spring, when at long intervals some came from the village to fish for pouts -- they plainly fished much more in the Walden Pond of their own natures, and baited their hooks with darkness -- but they soon retreated, usually with light baskets, and left "the world to darkness and to me," and the black kernel of the night was never profaned by any human neighborhood.
The rows of kernels were made of solid gold, and the green upon which the ear stood upright was a mass of sparkling emeralds.
One evening when we were picking out kernels for walnut taffy, Tony told us a new story.
After these two noble fruits of friendship (peace in the affections, and support of the judgment), followeth the last fruit; which is like the pomegranate, full of many kernels; I mean aid, and bearing a part, in all actions and occasions.
I remember vaguely the eating of many green nuts, with soft shells and milky kernels. And I remember most distinctly suffering from a stomach-ache.