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“… occasionally there is a kernel of truth …”

meanings of kernel


  1. For a given function (especially a linear map between vector spaces), the set of elements in the domain which are mapped to zero; (formally) given f : X → Y, the set {x ∈ X : f(x) = 0}.
  2. The human clitoris.
  3. A function used to define an integral transform.
  4. A set of pairs of a mapping's domain which are mapped to the same value.
  5. The core, center, or essence of an object or system.
  6. The core engine of any complex software system.
  7. The central (usually edible) part of a nut, especially once the hard shell has been removed.
  8. For a category with zero morphisms: the equalizer of a given morphism and the zero morphism which is parallel to that given morphism.
  9. A single seed or grain, especially of corn or wheat.
  10. The nucleus and electrons of an atom excluding its valence electrons.
  11. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
  12. The stone of certain fruits, such as peaches or plums.
  13. The central part of many computer operating systems which manages the system's resources and the communication between hardware and software components.
  14. The set of members of a fuzzy set that are fully included (i.e., whose grade of membership is 1).

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