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Meaning & Definition of Kernel in English





1. 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"
  • kernel,
  • meat

2. A single whole grain of a cereal

  • "A kernel of corn"
  • kernel

3. 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"
  • kernel,
  • substance,
  • core,
  • center,
  • centre,
  • essence,
  • gist,
  • heart,
  • heart and soul,
  • inwardness,
  • marrow,
  • meat,
  • nub,
  • pith,
  • sum,
  • nitty-gritty

Examples of using

There could be a kernel of truth behind this legend.
The Linux kernel is monolithic.
I got a great kernel panic a day or two ago.