Definitions of kernel

  1. To harden or ripen into kernels.
  2. To harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels.
  3. To harden or ripen into a kernel.
  4. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; " the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; " the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; " the nub of the story"
  5. a single whole grain of a cereal; " a kernel of corn"
  6. 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.
  7. A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn.
  8. The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.
  9. A grain or seed; the eatable substance of a nut or fruit stone; the part of anything which is most full of meaning.
  10. Anything in a husk or shell: the substance in the shell of a nut: the seed of a pulpy fruit.
  11. Anything in a shell; substance in the shell of a nut.
  12. A grain or seed; edible part of a nut; gist.
  13. The edible substance contained in the shell of a nut; a grain or corn; the seed of pulpy fruit; the central part of anything; a nucleus; the essential point; a hard concretion in the flesh.
  14. The substance contained within the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit; the central part of anything; a small mass around which other matter is concreted; in bot., the embryo enclosed in the seminal integuments.
  15. The inner part of a seed containing the embryo.
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