Part of speech: noun

A grain or seed; edible part of a nut; gist.

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Usage examples "kernel":

  1. " Why," ses I, " Kernel, what makes you ask that questshin?" - "Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia", Seba Smith.
  2. The kernel of the scientific outlook is a thing so simple, so obvious, so seemingly trivial, that the mention of it may almost excite derision. - "Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays", Bertrand Russell.
  3. That he found a kernel of truth can not be denied, but he allowed sources of error to creep in and vitiate his wonderfully suggestive and patient research. - "Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science", Hudson Tuttle.