Meaning of KERNEL in English


ker ‧ nel /ˈkɜːnl $ ˈkɜːr-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: cyrnel , from corn ; ⇨ ↑ corn ]

1 . the part of a nut or seed inside the shell, or the part inside the stone of some fruits

2 . [usually singular] one of the small yellow pieces on a corn ↑ cob

3 . [usually singular] the most important part of a statement, idea, plan etc SYN core

kernel of

This evidence is the kernel of the defendants’ case.

4 . [usually singular] a very small part or amount of something

kernel of

There may be a kernel of truth in what he says.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.