Definition of kernel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɜːnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrnl//
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  1. 1the inner part of a nut or seed pine/apricot kernels
  2. 2the central, most important part of an idea or a subject the kernel of her argument There may be a kernel of truth (= a small amount of truth) in what she said.
  3. Word OriginOld English cyrnel, diminutive of corn (the plant).
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