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Definition of Kernel


  1. 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.
  2. A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn.
  3. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
  4. The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.
  5. To harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels.
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Kernel Translations

kernel in Afrikaans is pit
kernel in Dutch is pit, kern
kernel in Finnish is ydin
kernel in French is noyau
kernel in German is Samenkern, Wesen, kernel, Kern, Kern
kernel in Portuguese is semente