core ( cores plural & 3rd person present) ( coring present participle) ( cored past tense & past participle )
1 n-count The core of a fruit is the central part of it. It contains seeds or pips.
oft n N
Peel the pears and remove the cores.
2 verb If you core a fruit, you remove its core.
...machines for peeling and coring apples. V n
3 n-count The core of an object, building, or city is the central part of it.
usu with poss
...the earth's core..., The core of the city is a series of ancient squares.
4 n-sing The coreof something such as a problem or an issue is the part of it that has to be understood or accepted before the whole thing can be understood or dealt with.
the N, usu N of n
...the ability to get straight to the core of a problem...
5 n-sing A core team or a core group is a group of people who do the main part of a job or piece of work. Other people may also help, but only for limited periods of time.
N n, N of n
We already have our core team in place..., A core of about six staff would continue with the project.
6 n-sing In a school or college, core subjects are a group of subjects that have to be studied.
usu N n
The core subjects are English, mathematics and science..., ...a core of nine academic subjects.
7 n-sing The core businesses or the core activities of a company or organization are their most important ones.
usu N n
The group plans to concentrate on six core businesses..., However, the main core of the company performed outstandingly.
9 You can use to the core to describe someone who is a very strong supporter of someone or something and will never change their views. For example, you can say that someone is Republican to the core.
to the core phrase adj/n PHR
(=through and through)
The villagers are royalist to the core.
10 If someone is shaken to the core or shocked to the core, they are extremely shaken or shocked.
to the core phrase usu -ed PHR Leonard was shaken to the core; he'd never seen or read anything like it.
Hard core consists of pieces of broken stone that are used as a base on which to build roads.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
hard-core , hardcore, hard core
1 n-sing You can refer to the members of a group who are the most committed to its activities or who are the most involved in them as a hard coreof members or as the hard-core members.
oft N of n, N n
We've got a hard core of customers that have stood by us..., A hard-core group of right-wing senators had hoped to sway their colleagues.
2 adj Hard-core pornography shows sex in a very detailed way, or shows very violent or unpleasant sex. Compare soft-core.
soft-core , softcore
Soft-core pornography shows or describes sex, but not very violent or unpleasant sex, or not in a very detailed way. Compare hard-core. adj ADJ n