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Definitions of shell

  1. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the exterior covering of a bird's egg Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a very light narrow racing boat Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a rigid covering that envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. having a shell or containing shell; "shell marl" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. remove the husks from; "husk corn" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes"; "shell mussels" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. look for and collect shells by the seashore Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. Something similar in form or action to an ordnance shell; Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A case or cartridge containing a charge of explosive material, which bursts after having been thrown high into the air. It is often elevated through the agency of a larger firework in which it is contained. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A torpedo. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A concave rough cast-iron tool in which a convex lens is ground to shape. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A gouge bit or shell bit. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A pod. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. The hard covering of an egg. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefishes, it is internal, or concealed by the mantle. Also, the hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo, the tortoise, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive substance, ignited with a fuse or by percussion, by means of which the projectile is burst and its fragments scattered. See Bomb. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. An engraved copper roller used in print works. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell oysters. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To separate the kernels of (an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats, etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To throw shells or bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye shells in reaping. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. An instrument of music, as a lyre, - the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. A hard outside covering, as on a fruit, egg, tortoise, crab, etc.; a husk, as on corn, wheat, etc.; tortoise shell; a framework; as, after the fire only the shell of the house remained; a light, long, narrow racing boat; a case to hold ammunition for breechloading small arms; a hollow metallic projectile for cannon or mortar, filled with an explosive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  47. To take from the husk or cob, as peas or corn; to bombard, as a stronghold. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. To cast or throw off the husk; to fall off, as a crust or shell. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. A hard covering of some animals: any framework: a rough kind of coffin: an instrument of music: a bomb: the semicircular hilt which protected part of the hand in some forms of rapiers. Thackeray. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  50. To break off the shell: to remove the shell from: to take out of the shell: to throw shells or bombs upon, to bombard. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. To fall off like a shell: to cast the shell. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  52. A hard covering; case of molluscous animals; outer frame work; bomb. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  53. To remove the shell from; bombard. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  54. To enclose in or separate from a shell, husk, or the like. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. To bombard with shells. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. A hard structure, incasing an animal, egg, or fruit; a light racing rowboat; a hollow shot filled with an explosive; a metallic cartridge case. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. The hard cove ing or outer coat of a nut, a testaceous animal, or an egg; the outer part of a house unfinished; a rough kind of coffin; the outer or superficial parts; an instrument of music, as a lyre; a bomb-shell. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  58. To break off the shell; to take out of the shell; to separate from the car; to throw bomb-shells on. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  59. To fall off, as a shell; to cast the shell. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  60. The hard or stony covering of some fruits and seeds, and of certain animals, as crabs; a pod or seed-case; the stony covering of a mollusc, as the mussel, the oyster, &c.; the hard outer coat or covering of anything; a husk; in mil., a hollow shot filled with an explosive and destructive compound; a common coffin. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. To strip or break off the shell; to be freed from the husk; in mil., to fire shells at. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  62. The hard outer covering of animal or fruit; a covering, calcareous, siliceous, bony, horny, or chitinous. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  63. [Anglo-Saxon] The hard outer covering of animal or fruit (biol.); a covering, calcareous, siliceous, bony, horny, or chitinous (zool.). na
  64. An instrument of music, as a lyre, -- the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell. mso.anu.edu.au
  65. An instrument of music, as a lyre, the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell. dictgcide_fs
  66. shel, n. a term applied to the hard outer covering or skeleton of many animals, to the internal skeleton of some invertebrates, and to the outer covering-of the eggs of various animals: any framework: the outer ear: a testaceous mollusc: any frail structure: a frail boat: a rough kind of coffin: an instrument of music: a bomb: a hollow projectile containing a bursting charge of gunpowder or other explosive ignited at the required instant by means of either time or percussion fuses: the thin coating of copper on an electrotype: an intermediate class in some schools.--v.t. to break off the shell: to remove the shell from: to take out of the shell: to throw shells or bombs upon, to bombard.--v.i. to fall off like a shell: to cast the shell.--ns. SHELLAC (she-lak', shel'ak), SHELL'-LAC, lac prepared in thin plates for making varnish, &c.--v.t. to coat with shellac.--ns. SHELL'-BACK, an old sailor, a barnacle; SHELL'-BARK, either of two North American hickories.--adj. SHELLED, having a shell, testaceous.--ns. SHELL'ER, one who shells or husks; SHELL'FISH, a popular term for many aquatic animals not fishes, esp. oysters, clams and all molluscs, and crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters; SHELL'-GUN, a cannon used for throwing shells, esp. horizontally: SHELL'-HEAP, a prehistoric accumulation of shells, &c., pointing back to a race that lived on shellfish; SHELL'-ICE, ice no longer supported by the water beneath; SHELL'-JACK'ET, an undress military jacket; SHELL'-LIME, lime procured from the shells of shellfish by burning; SHELL'-LIME'STONE, a limestone largely consisting of shells; SHELL'-MARL, a white earthy deposit, resulting from the accumulation of fragments of shells; SHELL'-MOUND, a shell-heap; SHELL'-OR'NAMENT, decoration in which any shell-form is prominent.--adj. SHELL'PROOF, proof against, or able to resist, shells or bombs.--ns. SHELL'-ROOM, a magazine on board ship where shells are stored; SHELL'-SAND, sand consisting in great part of fragments of shells, and often containing a small proportion of organic matter, a very useful manure for clay soils, heavy loams, and newly-reclaimed bogs; SHELL'WORK, work composed of or adorned with shells.--adj. SHELL'Y, consisting of a shell: testaceous.--SHELL OUT, (slang), to hand over, as money. [A.S. scell, scyl; Dut. schel, Ice. skel.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  67. Hard outer case enclosing nuts, kinds of seed or fruit, eggs, some animals or parts of them, &c., husk, crust, pod, carapace, scale, conch, wing-case, pupa-case, (come out of one\'s s., throw off reserve, become communicative); walls of unfinished or gutted house, ship, &c.; outline of plan &c.; inner coffin; light racing-boat; hollow metal or paper case to contain explosives for fire works, cartridges, &c.; explosive projectile or bomb for use in cannon or mortar, whence shell-PROOF a.; handguard of sword; (poet.) lyre; (at schools) intermediate form; outward show, mere semblance; s.-back (naut. slang), old sailor; s.-bark, kinds of hickory; s.-bit, gouge-shaped boring-bit; s.-button, made of two metal disks enclosed in cloth &c.; s.-fish, aquatic shelled mollusc (oyster &c.) or crustacean (crab, shrimp, &c.); s.-gun, cannon throwing ss. horizontally (cf. MORTAR); s.-heap or -mound, kitchen-MIDDEN; s.-jacket, army officers fatigue or undress jacket; s.-marble, kinds containing fossil ss.; s.-work, ornamentation of ss. cemented on wood &c. Hence (-)shelled, shell-LESS, shelly, aa. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  68. Take out of s., remove s. or pod from, (s. peas); provide, cover, or pave, with shell (s); bombard (town &c.), fire at (troops), with ss., whence shelling (1) n.; (of metal &c.) come off in scales; s. out slang, pay up (t. & i.), hand over required sum. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  69. n. [Anglo Saxon, Icelandic] A hard, outside covering; especially, that serving as the natural protection of certain fruits and animals; also, the covering or outside layer of an egg;-the hard organized substance forming the skeleton of many invertebrate animals, usually external, but sometimes internal;-the hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo, tortoise, &c. a hollow sphere of iron, which, being filled with gunpowder, and. fired from a mortar or cannon, bursts into pieces when the powder explodes; a bomb; -any frame-work or exterior structure regarded as not complete or filled in;-a coarse kind of wooden coffin;-the outer frame or case of a block;-the outer part of a house unfinished;-an instrument of music, as a lyre. Cabinet Dictionary

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