Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The hard or fibrous central part of certain fruits, such as the apple or pear, containing the seeds.
  • n. The central or innermost part: the hard elastic core of a baseball; a rod with a hollow core.
  • n. The basic or most important part; the essence: a small core of dedicated supporters; the core of the problem. See Synonyms at substance.
  • n. A set of subjects or courses that make up a required portion of a curriculum.
  • n. Electricity A soft iron rod in a coil or transformer that provides a path for and intensifies the magnetic field produced by the windings.
  • n. Computer Science A memory, especially one consisting of a series of tiny doughnut-shaped masses of magnetic material. Also called core memory.
  • n. One of the magnetic doughnut-shaped masses that make up such a memory. Also called magnetic core.
  • n. The central portion of the earth below the mantle, beginning at a depth of about 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) and probably consisting of iron and nickel. It is made up of a liquid outer core and a solid inner core.
  • n. A mass of dry sand placed within a mold to provide openings or shape to a casting.
  • n. A reactor core.
  • n. A cylindrical sample of rock, ice, or other material obtained from the center of a mass by drilling or cutting.
  • n. The base, usually of soft or inferior wood, to which veneer woods are glued.
  • n. Archaeology A stone from which one or more flakes have been removed, serving as a source for such flakes or as a tool itself.
  • transitive v. To remove the core from: core apples.
  • transitive v. To remove (a cylindrical sample) from something, such as a glacier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The central part of fruit, containing the kernels or seeds.
  • n. The heart or inner part of a thing, as of a column, wall, rope, of a boil, etc.
  • n. The center or inner part, as of an open space.
  • n. The most important part of a thing; the essence.
  • n. The portion of a mold that creates an internal cavity within a casting or that makes a hole in or through a casting.
  • n. The bony process which forms the central axis of the horns in many animals.
  • n. magnetic memory.
  • n. An individual computer processor, in the sense when several processors are plugged together in one single integrated circuit to work as one.
  • n. The material between surface materials in a structured composite sandwich material.
  • n. The inner part of a nuclear reactor in which the nuclear reaction takes place
  • n. A piece of soft iron, inside the windings of an electromagnet, that channels the magnetic field
  • v. To remove the core of an apple or other fruit.
  • v. To extract a sample with a drill.
  • n. A body of individuals; an assemblage.
  • n. A miner's underground working time or shift.
  • n. A Hebrew dry measure; a cor or homer.
  • n. A deposit paid by the purchaser of a rebuilt part, to be refunded on return of a used, rebuildable part, or the returned rebuildable part itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body of individuals; an assemblage.
  • n. A miner's underground working time or shift.
  • n. A Hebrew dry measure; a cor or homer.
  • n. The heart or inner part of a thing, as of a column, wall, rope, of a boil, etc.; especially, the central part of fruit, containing the kernels or seeds.
  • n. The center or inner part, as of an open space.
  • n. The most important part of a thing; the essence; ; -- also used attributively, .
  • n. The portion of a mold which shapes the interior of a cylinder, tube, or other hollow casting, or which makes a hole in or through a casting; a part of the mold, made separate from and inserted in it, for shaping some part of the casting, the form of which is not determined by that of the pattern.
  • n. A disorder of sheep occasioned by worms in the liver.
  • n. The bony process which forms the central axis of the horns in many animals.
  • n. A mass of iron or other ferrous metal, forming the central part of an electromagnet, such as those upon which the conductor of an armature, a transformer, or an induction coil is wound.
  • n. a sample of earth or rock extracted from underground by a drilling device in such a manner that the layers of rock are preserved in the same order as they exist underground. The sample is typically removed with a rotating drill bit having a hollow center, and is thus shaped like a cylinder.
  • n. The main working memory of a digital computer system, which typically retains the program code being executed as well as the data structures that are manipulated by the program. Contrasted to ROM and data storage device.
  • n. the central part of the earth, believed to be a sphere with a radius of about 2100 miles, and composed primarily of molten iron with some nickel. It is distinguished from the crust and mantle.
  • n. the central part of a nuclear reactor, containing the fissionable fuel.
  • transitive v. To take out the core or inward parts of.
  • transitive v. To form by means of a core, as a hole in a casting.
  • transitive v. To extract a cylindrical sample from, with a boring device. See core{8}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make, mold, or cast on a core.
  • To remove the core of, as of an apple or other fruit.
  • To roll in salt and prepare for drying: applied to herrings.
  • n. The heart or innermost part of anything; hence, the nucleus or central or most essential part, literally or figuratively: as, the core of a question.
  • n. Specifically— The central part of a fleshy fruit, containing the seeds or kernels: as, the core of an apple or a quince.
  • n. In architecture, the inner part or filling of a wall or column.
  • n. In medicine, the fibrous innermost part of a boil.
  • n. In molding, the internal mold of a casting, which fills the space intended to be left hollow.
  • n. In telegraphy, the central cord of insulated conducting wires in a submarine or subterranean cable.
  • n. The iron nucleus of an electromagnet.
  • n. In rope-making, a central strand around which other strands are twisted, as in a wire rope; or a cable.
  • n. In hydraulic engineering, an impervious wall or structure, as of concrete, in an embankment or dike of porous material, to prevent the passage of water by percolation.
  • n. The cylindrical piece of rock obtained in boring by means of the diamond drill or any other boring-machine which makes an annular cut. Also called carrot.
  • n. The bony central part of the horn of a ruminant; a horn-core, or process of the frontal bone.
  • n. In prehistoric archæol., a piece of flint, obsidian, or similar material, from which knives and other stone implements have been chipped.
  • n. The center or innermost part of any open space.
  • n. A disorder in sheep caused by worms in the liver.
  • n. An internal induration in the udder of a cow.
  • n. In mining, the number of hours, generally from six to eight, during which each party of miners works before being relieved. The miner's day is thus usually divided into three or four cores or shifts.
  • n. A body.
  • n. A body of persons; a party; a crew; a corps.
  • n. Chosen; directed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  • n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  • n. the central part of the Earth
  • n. a bar of magnetic material (as soft iron) that passes through a coil and serves to increase the inductance of the coil
  • n. a cylindrical sample of soil or rock obtained with a hollow drill
  • n. (computer science) a tiny ferrite toroid formerly used in a random access memory to store one bit of data; now superseded by semiconductor memories
  • n. an organization founded by James Leonard Farmer in 1942 to work for racial equality
  • n. a small group of indispensable persons or things
  • v. remove the core or center from
  • n. the center of an object
  • n. the chamber of a nuclear reactor containing the fissile material where the reaction takes place

Etymologies

Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English core, kore, coor ("apple-core, pith"), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Old French cuer ("heart"), from Latin cor ("heart"); or from Old French cors ("body"), from Latin corpus ("body"). See also heart, corpse. (Wiktionary)
See corps (Wiktionary)
See chore (Wiktionary)
Possibly an acronym for cash on return (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By avoiding the term "core inflation," he could confuse the public about how the central bank thinks about inflation and responds to it, said Mr. Meyer of Macroeconomic Advisers.

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  • We use the term "core revenue" or "sales from existing businesses" to refer to GAAP revenue excluding (1) sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition ("acquisition sales"), (2) first half 2010 sales attributable to the businesses contributed to the Apex joint venture, and (3) the impact of currency translation.

  • We use the term "core revenue growth" to refer to the measure of comparing current period core revenue with the corresponding period of the prior year.

  • Naturally the term core vocabulary is no more concretely definable than the simpler term vocabulary itself and therefore it's proof of nothing at all but a general human tendency to waste paper, ink and bandwidth.

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  • At the core is the transformation to a restoration economy.

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  • Yet at the core is the belief that feminist mothering is woman centered not child centered.

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  • Executive Director Josette Sheeran said Thursday that the WFP is preparing to open new land and air routes into what she called the "core of the famine zone."

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  • Finding a novel to read that shakes you to the core is a challenge, working to write one brings me back to keyboard every day.

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  • Even as he proposes spending cuts in his 2012 budget aimed at bringing down the $1.3 trillion federal deficit, and more than $14 trillion national debt, Mr. Obama has vowed to fight to preserve investments in what he calls core areas vital to securing U.S. competitiveness.

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  • The answer lies in the way economists calculate what they call "core" price indexes.

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