c o r e


[kawr, kohr]
Congress of Racial Equality.
Also, C.O.R.E.
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core (kɔː)
1.  the central part of certain fleshy fruits, such as the apple or pear, consisting of the seeds and supporting parts
2.  a.  the central, innermost, or most essential part of something: the core of the argument
 b.  (as modifier): the core meaning
3.  a piece of magnetic material, such as soft iron, placed inside the windings of an electromagnet or transformer to intensify and direct the magnetic field
4.  geology the central part of the earth, beneath the mantle, consisting mainly of iron and nickel, which has an inner solid part surrounded by an outer liquid part
5.  a cylindrical sample of rock, soil, etc, obtained by the use of a hollow drill
6.  shaped body of material (in metal casting usually of sand) supported inside a mould to form a cavity of predetermined shape in the finished casting
7.  physics the region of a nuclear reactor in which the reaction takes place
8.  a layer of wood serving as a backing for a veneer
9.  computing
 a.  one of several processing units working in parallel in a computer
 b.  a ferrite ring formerly used in a computer memory to store one bit of information
 c.  short for core store
 d.  (as modifier): core memory
10.  archaeol a lump of stone or flint from which flakes or blades have been removed
11.  physics the nucleus together with all complete electron shells of an atom
12.  (tr) to remove the core from (fruit)
[C14: of uncertain origin]

CORE (kɔː)
n acronym for
Congress of Racial Equality

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late 14c., probably from O.Fr. coeur "core of fruit, heart of lettuce," lit. "heart," from L. cor "heart," from PIE base *kerd- "heart" (see heart).
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core (kôr)

  1. The central or innermost part.

  2. The part of a nuclear reactor where fission occurs.

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core   (kôr)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The central or innermost portion of the Earth, lying below the mantle and probably consisting of iron and nickel. It is divided into a liquid outer core, which begins at a depth of 2,898 km (1,800 mi), and a solid inner core, which begins at a depth of 4,983 km (3,090 mi).

  2. A piece of magnetizable material, such as a rod of soft iron, that is placed inside an electrical coil or transformer to intensify and provide a path for the magnetic field produced by the current running through the wire windings.

  3. The central part of a nuclear reactor where atomic fission occurs. The core contains the fuel, the coolant, and the moderator.

  4. A long, cylindrical sample of soil, rock, or ice collected with a drill to study the strata of material that are not visible from the surface.

  5. A stone from which one or more flakes have been removed, serving as a tool in itself or as a source of flakes from which other tools could be fashioned. Stones used as cores include flint, chert, and obsidian. See more at core tool.

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core definition

In geology, the central region of the Earth; it extends fourteen hundred to eighteen hundred miles from the Earth's center.

Note: The core is made primarily of iron and nickel and has two parts — an inner solid core and an outer liquid core.
Note: The mantle is the layer of the Earth that overlies the core.
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n. Main storage or RAM. Dates from the days of ferrite-core memory; now archaic as techspeak most places outside IBM, but also still used in the Unix community and by old-time hackers or those who would sound like them. Some derived idioms are quite current; `in core', for example, means `in memory' (as opposed to `on disk'), and both core dump and the `core image' or `core file' produced by one are terms in favor. Some varieties of Commonwealth hackish prefer store.
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