Meaning of KERNEL in English


Pronunciation: ' k ə r-n ə l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn

Date: before 12th century

1 chiefly dialect : a fruit seed

2 : the inner softer part of a seed, fruit stone, or nut

3 : a whole seed of a cereal <a kernel of corn>

4 : a central or essential part : GERM <like many stereotypes ⋯ this one too contains some kernel s of truth ― S. M. Lyman>

5 : a subset of the elements of one set (as a group) that a function (as a homomorphism) maps onto an identity element of another set

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