Meaning of KERNEL in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈkər-n ə l ]


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.