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  1. [noun] the center of an object; "the ball has a titanium core"

  2. [noun] a small group of indispensable persons or things; "five periodicals make up the core of their publishing program"
    Synonyms: nucleus, group

  3. [noun] the central part of the Earth

  4. [noun] the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
    Synonyms: kernel, substance, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty

  5. [noun] a cylindrical sample of soil or rock obtained with a hollow drill

  6. [noun] an organization founded by James Leonard Farmer in 1942 to work for racial equality
    Synonyms: Congress of Racial Equality, CORE

  7. [noun] the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    Synonyms: effect, essence, burden, gist

  8. [noun] the chamber of a nuclear reactor containing the fissile material where the reaction takes place

  9. [noun] a bar of magnetic material (as soft iron) that passes through a coil and serves to increase the inductance of the coil

  10. [verb] remove the core or center from; "core an apple"


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