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Definition 1: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where kernel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  • the nub of the story

Synonyms for kernel in the sense of this definition

(kernel is a kind of ...) the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

(... is a kind of kernel ) (plural) the most basic facts or elements

"he told us only the bare bones of the story"

(... is a kind of kernel ) (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality

(... is a kind of kernel ) the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

(... is a kind of kernel ) the purest and most concentrated essence of something

(... is a kind of kernel ) a critically important or characteristic component

"suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

Definition 2: a single whole grain of a cereal - [noun denoting plant]

Samples where kernel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a kernel of corn

(kernel is a kind of ...) dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn

(... is a kind of kernel ) the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal

Definition 3: the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone - [noun denoting plant]

Samples where kernel or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell

Synonyms for kernel in the sense of this definition

(kernel is a kind of ...) any part of a plant or fungus

(... is part of kernel) a small hard fruit

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