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[ kur-nl ]SEE DEFINITION OF kernel

Synonyms for kernel

  • fruit
  • grain
  • meat
  • morsel
  • nut
  • atom
  • bit
  • center
  • core
  • crux
  • germ
  • gist
  • heart
  • hub
  • keynote
  • marrow
  • matter
  • nub
  • nubbin
  • part
  • piece
  • pith
  • root
  • substance
  • upshot
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Antonyms for kernel

  • exterior
  • exteriority
  • outside
  • periphery
  • surface
  • whole
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KERNEL

Its kernel is very bitter, and it is said to be a specific against fevers.

Mark strangled over a kernel of corn and stared, teary-eyed, at Billy.

It is that kernel of personality which inclines him in this direction or that.

Without that discipline they would have been a shell without a kernel.

Other experiments show that the Praeparturien shell and kernel are about equal.

If the kernel is withered, no marriage at all is prophesied.

Cerneaux, which are the kernel of green walnuts, were just coming into season.

This is the kernel of all that is most retrograde in Mr. Carlyle's teaching.

There is a kernel inside the shell, if only we have the teeth to crack it.

Whatever else the Gospel is, that is the kernel and the basis of it all.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cyrnel "seed, kernel, pip," from Proto-Germanic *kurnilo- (cf. Middle High German kornel, Middle Dutch cornel), from the root of corn "seed, grain" (see corn (n.1)) + -el, diminutive suffix. Figurative sense of "core or central part of anything" is from 1550s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR KERNEL

bean

nounsmall hard pellet
  • berry
  • grain
  • kernel
  • nugget
  • seed

center

nounmiddle point
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