Associations to the word «Kernel»


KERNEL, noun. The core, center, or essence of an object or system.
KERNEL, noun. The central (usually edible) part of a nut, especially once the hard shell has been removed.
KERNEL, noun. A single seed or grain, especially of corn or wheat.
KERNEL, noun. (US) The stone of certain fruits, such as peaches or plums.
KERNEL, noun. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
KERNEL, noun. (computing) The central part of many computer operating systems which manages the system's resources and the communication between hardware and software components.
KERNEL, noun. (calculus) A function used to define an integral transform.
KERNEL, noun. (mathematics) A set of pairs of a mapping's domain which are mapped to the same value.
KERNEL, noun. (mathematics) (algebra) Those elements, in the domain of a function, which the function maps to zero.
KERNEL, noun. (mathematics) (fuzzy set theory) The set of members of a fuzzy set that are fully included (i.e., whose grade of membership is 1).
KERNEL, noun. (slang) The human clitoris.
KERNEL CORN, noun. (US) Kernels of maize, either frozen or canned
KERNEL HACKER, noun. A title of developers who maintain the Linux kernel code.
KERNEL OF TRUTH, noun. (idiomatic) A core accuracy at the heart of a claim or narrative which also contains dubious or fictitious elements.
KERNEL PANIC, noun. (computing) On Unix-derived operating systems, an action taken by the operating system when it cannot recover from a fatal error.
KERNEL SPACE, noun. (computing) The on-board RAM set aside specifically for kernel-related tasks.

Dictionary definition

KERNEL, noun. 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".
KERNEL, noun. A single whole grain of a cereal; "a kernel of corn".
KERNEL, noun. 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".

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