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ker•nel



Pronunciation: (kûr'nl), [key]
n., v., -neled, -nel•ing or (esp. Brit.) -nelled, -nel•ling.


n.
1. the softer, usually edible part contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
2. the body of a seed within its husk or integuments.
3. a whole seed grain, as of wheat or corn.
4. South Atlantic States.the pit or seed of a peach, cherry, plum, etc.
5. the central or most important part of anything; essence; gist; core: His leadership is the kernel of the organization.
6. Math.the set of elements that a given function from one set to a second set maps into the identity of the second set.
7. Also called rumpf. Physical Chem.the remainder of an atom after the valence electrons have been removed.

v.t.
to enclose as a kernel.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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