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kernel
computing dictionary

(Note: NOT "kernal").

1. <operating system> The essential part of Unix or other operating systems, responsible for resource allocation, low-level hardware interfaces, security etc.

See also: microkernel.

2. <programming language> An essential subset of a programming language, in terms of which other constructs are (or could be) defined. Also known as a core language.

(01 Feb 1996)

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kernel
medical dictionary

1. 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.

2. A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn.

3. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.

4. The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.

Origin: OE. Kernel, kirnel, curnel, AS.cyrnel, fr. Corn grain. See Corn, and cf. Kern to harden.

(01 Mar 1998)

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