• 1. Aromatic kernels of a much used kind
    1. Aromatic kernels of a much used kind
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kernel 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"
    • n kernel a single whole grain of a cereal "a kernel of corn"
    • n kernel the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone "black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Corned beef got its name because this beef was preserved with pellets of salt that were the size of corn kernels, which was also referred to as "corns" of salt
    • Kernel A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn.
    • Kernel A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
    • Kernel The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.
    • Kernel 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. "'A were as good crack a fusty nut with no kernel"
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, an ear of a corn has 16 rows and approximately 800 kernels
    • n kernel The edible substance contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
    • n kernel Technically, in botany: In phanerogams, strictly, the whole body of a seed within the coats, namely, the embryo, and, when present, the albumen.
    • n kernel In pyrenomycetous fungi, in old usage, all of the soft parts of the pyrenocarp or perithecium within the firm outer wall. In both these senses a synonym of nucleus.
    • n kernel A gramineous seed with its husk or integument; a grain or corn: as, a kernel of wheat, oats, or maize: formerly applied also to the seed of the apple and other pulpy fruits.
    • n kernel The bundle of fat on the fore shoulder; any swelling or knob of flesh.
    • n kernel Figuratively — The central part of anything; a mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus in general.
    • n kernel The important part of anything, as a matter in discussion; the main or essential point, as opposed to matters of less import; the core; the gist: as, to come to the kernel of the question.
    • kernel To harden or ripen into kernels, as the seeds of plants.
    • n kernel A battlement.
    • kernel To crenelate.
    • n kernel An enlarged lymphatic gland.
    • n kernel In metallurgy, a nucleus of a double sulphid of copper and iron obtained in roasting cupriferous iron pyrites. The kernels are separated by hand from the lumps of pyrites and are melted for copper.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, he ratio of yellow kernels to white kernals in a bag of popcorn is 9:1
    • n Kernel kėr′nel anything in a husk or shell: the substance in the shell of a nut: the seed of a pulpy fruit: the important part of anything
    • ***


  • Anthony Norvell
    Anthony Norvell
    “Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “Must is a hard nut to crack, but it has a sweet kernel.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS. cyrnel, fr. corn, grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cyrnelcorn, grain, and dim. suffix -el; Ger. kern, a grain.


In literature:

If I crack it, I get five thousand pounds for the kernel.
"The Argosy" by Various
Tom picked out the kind of ears he wanted, large and full of kernels in which the milk, or white juice, was yet running.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Big Woods" by Laura Lee Hope
On cutting open the seed you will observe that it consists of an oily, mealy kernel encased in a thin brown hull.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
May the Arabs rob her threshing floor, And not one kernel remain in her store.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
It is a mistaking of the outward shell for the kernel, a means for the end.
"How to Listen to Music, 7th ed." by Henry Edward Krehbiel
And because I was tired of monk rule, and getting only the husks of life, tired too of sitting dumb and watching others eat the kernel.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
There is generally a kernel of truth in each.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It is the very kernel of the Prussian monarchy.
"A General Sketch of the European War" by Hilaire Belloc
On one end is panels of pansies all made out of kernels of corn, so nateral that you almost wanted to pick 'em off and make a posey of 'em.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
A wheat kernel may be subdivided into three layers.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless

In poetry:

Mouth bitter and dry echoes
stalks burnt young,
eyes barren with fire -
a golden kernel.
"Night" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
Gods nude as blanched nut-kernels.
Strangely, half-sinisterly flesh-fragrant
As if with sweat,
And drenched with mystery.
"Medlars And Sorb-Apples" by D H Lawrence
Mass was de Kernel
In de Rebel army,
Eber sence he went an' run away;
But his lubly darkies,
Dey has been a-watchin',
An' dey take him pris'ner tudder day.
"Babylon Is Fallen!" by Henry Clay Work
If you would happy company win,
Dangle a palm-nut from a tree,
Idly in green to sway and spin,
Its snow-pulped kernel for bait; and see,
A nimble titmouse enter in.
"The Titmouse" by Walter de la Mare
We will be be the Massa,
He will be the sarvant,
Try him how he like it for a spell;
So we crack de Butt'nuts,
So we take the Kernel,
So the cannon carry back de shell.
"Babylon Is Fallen!" by Henry Clay Work
But they are ours as fruits are ours ;
He that but tastes, he that devours, And he that leaves all, doth as well ;
Changed loves are but changed sorts of meat ;
And when he hath the kernel eat, Who doth not fling away the shell?
"Community" by John Donne

In news:

Some, such as whole-kernel corn, can be eaten cold out of the can.
It is exactly 21 years since the Linux kernel was made available under the open sourced software development model.
With candor, wit and all seriousness, the Hall of Fame "great" explained to more than 80 youth at the Ron Brown Youth Entrepreneur Summit his kernels of success and how he matriculated from athlete to businessman.
According to folklore , one can predict the harshness of winter by the shape of the kernel inside a persimmon seed. According to folklore , one can predict the harshness of winter by the shape of the kernel inside a persimmon seed.
2 ears corn, cooked, kernels removed.
Business is popping at Gourmet Kernel.
Norman Kim, Bangrae Lee, Hyuck Jai Lee, Sang Pil Lee, Yeongho Moon, Myong K Jeong, "A Graph Kernel Approach for the Simultaneous Detection of the Competitive Technology and Technology Groups," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol 99, no.
It's not true, but like all good conspiracy theories, it is based on kernels of truth.
David Kernell, convicted of breaking into Palin's e-mail account in 2008, has been sent to prison instead of a halfway house like a judge recommended.
Gansett's New Waves: Grain Grows From a Kernel of an Idea .
Using a Single Kernel Near- Infrared System.
Zeptolab has signed a new deal with Kernels Popcorn to offer popcorn pails inspired by the star character of the app "Cut the Rope," Om Nom .
Michael Pollan stalks the American food chain and finds its kernel: corn.
Add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.

In science:

In [SZ2], the study of the Szeg¨o kernel was extended to almost-complex symplectic manifolds, and parametrices and resulting off-diagonal asymptotics for the Szeg¨o kernel were obtained in this general setting.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
Recent progress was made by relating the kernel for the correlation functions of the chOE to the universal kernel of the chUE .
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
Universality then follows from the relation between the microscopic kernels for β = 1 and β = 2 and the universality of the microscopic limit of the kernel for β = 2.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
Our proof is based on a relation between the kernels for β = 1 and β = 2 and the universality of the kernel for β = 2.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
Such a kernel K (x, y ) is called a correlation kernel.
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields