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kernel Tweet Definition of kernel Like Definition of kernel on Facebook
noun 
  1. The core, center, or essence of an object or system.
  2. A single seed or grain, especially of corn or wheat.
  1. (computing) The central part of many computer operating systems which manages the system's resources and the communication between hardware and software components.
    1. (context, US) The stone of certain fruits, such as peaches or plums.
    2. (mathematics) Those elements, in the domain of a function, which the function maps to zero.
     
kick Tweet Definition of kick Like Definition of kick on Facebook
noun 
  1. A hit or strike with the leg or foot or knee.
A to the knee.
  1. The action of swinging a foot or leg.
The ballerina did a high and a leap.
  1. (colloquial) Something that tickles the fancy; something fun or amusing.
I finally saw the show. What a !
I think I sprained something on my latest exercise .
  1. (internet) The removal of a person from an online activity.
  2. (figurative) Any bucking motion of an object that lacks legs or feet.
The car had a nasty the whole way.
The pool ball took a wild , up off the table.
verb (kicks, kicking, kicked, kicked)
  1. To strike or hit with, or raise one's foot or leg.
Did you your brother?
He enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching the kickline .
  1. (transitive) To direct to a particular place by a blow with the foot or leg.
Kick the ball into the goal.
  1. (internet) To remove a participant from an online activity.
He was kicked by "chanserv" for flooding.
adjective 
  1. (context, music, in drumming) Pertaining to the foot, activated by a pedal, usually where a hit is caused by a pedal, as in kick-drum, double-kick, etc..
     
kill Tweet Definition of kill Like Definition of kill on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of killing.
The assassin liked to make a clean , and thus favored small arms over explosives.
  1. Specifically, the death blow.
The hunter delivered the with a pistol shot to the head.
  1. The result of killing; that which has been killed.
The fox dragged its back to its den.
verb 
  1. To put to death; to extinguish life.
Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined.
There is conclusive evidence that smoking kills.
  1. (transitive) To render inoperative.
He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting.
  1. (transitive) To stop, cease, or render void.
The editor decided to the story.
''The news that a hurricane had destroyed our beach house killed our plans to sell it.
  1. (context, transitive, figurative) To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.
That night, she was dressed to .
That joke always kills me.
  1. (transitive) To tell off severely.
My boss will me if I'm late.
When she finally got home her dad just about killed her.
  1. (transitive) To use up or to waste.
I'm just doing this to time.
Between the two of us, we killed the rest of the case of beer.
  1. (context, transitive, figurative) To overpower or overwhelm.
The team had absolutely killed their traditional rivals, and the local sports bars were raucous with celebrations.
  1. (transitive) To force a company out of business.
     
kinfolk Tweet Definition of kinfolk Like Definition of kinfolk on Facebook
noun , sometimes pluralized to kinfolks
  1. relatives
Once a year, we have a family reunion so that all the can get together and rember how much we despise one another.
     
kitty-cornered Tweet Definition of kitty-cornered Like Definition of kitty-cornered on Facebook
adjective 
  1. catercorner
     

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