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Definitions for kernel
ˈkɜr nlker·nel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kernel, meatnoun

    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"

  2. kernelnoun

    a single whole grain of a cereal

    "a kernel of corn"

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

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. kernelnoun

    The core, center, or essence of an object or system.

    Etymology: From cyrnel, diminutive of corn, related to kjarni

  2. kernelnoun

    The central (usually edible) part of a nut, especially once the hard shell has been removed.

    Etymology: From cyrnel, diminutive of corn, related to kjarni

  3. kernelnoun

    A single seed or grain, especially of corn or wheat.

    Etymology: From cyrnel, diminutive of corn, related to kjarni

  4. kernelnoun

    The central part of many computer operating systems which manages the system's resources and the communication between hardware and software components.

    Etymology: From cyrnel, diminutive of corn, related to kjarni

  5. kernelnoun

    The stone of certain fruits, such as peaches or plums.

    Etymology: From cyrnel, diminutive of corn, related to kjarni

  6. kernelnoun

    Those elements, in the domain of a function, which the function maps to zero.

    If a function is continuous then its kernel is a closed set.

    Etymology: From cyrnel, diminutive of corn, related to kjarni

  7. kernelnoun

    The set of members of a fuzzy set which are fully included (i.e., whose grade of membership is 1).

    Etymology: From cyrnel, diminutive of corn, related to kjarni

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kernelnoun

    the essential part of a seed; all that is within the seed walls; the edible substance contained in the shell of a nut; hence, anything included in a shell, husk, or integument; as, the kernel of a nut. See Illust. of Endocarp

    Etymology: [OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel, fr. corn grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden.]

  2. Kernelnoun

    a single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn

    Etymology: [OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel, fr. corn grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden.]

  3. Kernelnoun

    a small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh

    Etymology: [OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel, fr. corn grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden.]

  4. Kernelnoun

    the central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument

    Etymology: [OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel, fr. corn grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden.]

  5. Kernelverb

    to harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels

    Etymology: [OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel, fr. corn grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden.]

Freebase

  1. Kernel

    In computing, the kernel is the main component of most computer operating systems; it is a bridge between applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level. The kernel's responsibilities include managing the system's resources. Usually, as a basic component of an operating system, a kernel can provide the lowest-level abstraction layer for the resources that application software must control to perform its function. It typically makes these facilities available to application processes through inter-process communication mechanisms and system calls. Operating system tasks are done differently by different kernels, depending on their design and implementation. While monolithic kernels execute all the operating system code in the same address space to increase the performance of the system, microkernels run most of the operating system services in user space as servers, aiming to improve maintainability and modularity of the operating system. A range of possibilities exists between these two extremes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kernel

    kėr′nel, n. anything in a husk or shell: the substance in the shell of a nut: the seed of a pulpy fruit: the important part of anything.—adj. Ker′nelly, full of, or resembling, kernels. [A.S. cyrnelcorn, grain, and dim. suffix -el; Ger. kern, a grain.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. kernel

    Corrupted from crenelle; the holes in a battlement made for the purpose of shooting arrows and small shot.

Editors Contribution

  1. kernel

    A type of component.

    The computing kernel worked efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  
  2. kernel

    A type of seed and food.

    The kernel is part of popcorn.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kernel in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kernel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of kernel in a Sentence

  1. Hannah More:

    One kernel is felt in a hogshead one drop of water helps to swell the ocean a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.

  2. Hannah More:

    One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.

  3. Barbara Charline Jordan:

    I live a day at a time. Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning I say 'What is my exciting thing for today' Then, I do the day. Don't ask me about tomorrow.

  4. Pete Buttigieg:

    If [ President Donald Trump ] is saying the system is rigged — and the way he's saying it is twisted and not really true, but there's a kernel of truth in there — and we look like we're the ones saying,' oh no, the system is perfectly fine,' then we've got a problem, the problem is normal wasn't working for a lot of people.

  5. Anthony Norvell:

    Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.

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