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kernel (noun) inner part of a nut, a seed; the central or the most important part of a subject, idea, statement, etc.; its core.

The kernel of corn or paddy is the seed we find in it after the outer covering is removed. For example, rice is the kernel of paddy. The nut inside the groundnut shell that we eat is its kernel. The inner part of the coconut that we eat is its kernel. The central and most important part of a subject is its kernel. The kernel of Newtonís theory that the whole universe is governed by the force of gravitation. The kernel of a personís statement is the most important part of the statement. A kernel of truth is a small part of truth hidden inside a lot of detail.

  • The kernel of any nut is tasty to eat, but we have to put ourselves to a lot of trouble to get at it, as it is usually covered with a hard shell. The coconut is a good example of it.
  • There isnít a kernel of truth in all that he has said. At least that is what we know because he is never known to be truthful.
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