Core (kOr), n. [F. corps. See Corps.]

A body of individuals; an assemblage. [Obs.]

He was in a core of people.


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Core, n. [Cf. Chore.] (Mining.)

A miner's underground working time or shift. Raymond.

⇒ The twenty-four hours are divided into three or four cores.


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Core, n. [Heb. kOr: cf. Gr. ko`ros.]

A Hebrew dry measure; a cor or homer. Num. xi. 32 (Douay version).


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Core, n. [OF. cor, coer, cuer, F. cœur, fr. L. cor heart. See Heart.]


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; as, the core of an apple or quince.

A fever at the core,
Fatal to him who bears, to all who ever bore.


The center or inner part, as of an open space; as, the core of a square. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh.


The most important part of a thing; the essence; as, the core of a subject.

4. (Founding)

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.


A disorder of sheep occasioned by worms in the liver. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

6. (Anat.)

The bony process which forms the central axis of the horns in many animals.

Core box (Founding), a box or mold, usually divisible, in which cores are molded. --
Core print (Founding), a projecting piece on a pattern which forms, in the mold, an impression for holding in place or steadying a core.


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Core, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cord (kOrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Coring.]


To take out the core or inward parts of; as, to core an apple.

He's like a corn upon my great toe . . . he must be cored out.


To form by means of a core, as a hole in a casting.


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Core, n. (Elec.)

A mass of iron, usually made of thin plates, upon which the conductor of an armature or of a transformer is wound.


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