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Meaning & Definition of Kernel in English

English

Kernel

/kərnəl/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • kernel
  • ,
  • meat

2. A single whole grain of a cereal

  • "A kernel of corn"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • kernel
  • ,
  • substance
  • ,
  • core
  • ,
  • center
  • ,
  • centre
  • ,
  • essence
  • ,
  • gist
  • ,
  • heart
  • ,
  • heart and soul
  • ,
  • inwardness
  • ,
  • marrow
  • ,
  • meat
  • ,
  • nub
  • ,
  • pith
  • ,
  • sum
  • ,
  • nitty-gritty