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KERNEL (kernelled, kernelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does kernel mean? 

KERNEL (noun)
  The noun KERNEL has 3 senses:

1. the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
2. a single whole grain of a cereal
3. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

  Familiarity information: KERNEL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


KERNEL (noun)


Sense 1kernel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

kernel; meat

Context example:

black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell

Hypernyms ("kernel" is a kind of...):

plant part; plant structure (any part of a plant or fungus)

Holonyms ("kernel" is a part of...):

seed (a small hard fruit)


Sense 2kernel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A single whole grain of a cereal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Context example:

a kernel of corn

Hypernyms ("kernel" is a kind of...):

caryopsis; grain (dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "kernel"):

corn (the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal)


Sense 3kernel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

inwardness; nitty-gritty; essence; heart and soul; gist; pith; substance; kernel; meat; nub; sum; core; center; marrow; heart

Context examples:

the gist of the prosecutor's argument / the heart and soul of the Republican Party / the nub of the story

Hypernyms ("kernel" is a kind of...):

cognitive content; content; mental object (the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "kernel"):

bare bones ((plural) the most basic facts or elements)

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)


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