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ker·nel

kernel

 
 
pronunciation:
kuhr nl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the seed contained within the husk of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
The monkey broke into the fruit with its teeth and pulled out the kernel.
synonyms:
seed
similar words:
germ, meat, nut, nutmeat, stone
definition 2: a grain of wheat, corn, or the like.
The chickens pecked at the hard kernels of corn scattered on the ground.
similar words:
germ, grain
definition 3: the most central part of something; core; nucleus.
That all humans deserve forgiveness was the kernel of the minister's sermon for that day.I understand the kernel of your argument, but your essay needs greater development.
synonyms:
center, core, heart, marrow, nucleus, pith, soul
similar words:
crux, essence, germ, gist, meat, quintessence, substance
definition 4: a tiny but significant element of something.
I noted a kernel of disgust in his voice when he told us what he'd found out.We had to admit there was a kernel of truth in what she said.
similar words:
element, grain
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