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Shell 1Definition: A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal.
Shell 2Definition: The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell.
Shell 3Definition: A pod.
Shell 4Definition: The hard covering of an egg.
Shell 5Definition: 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.
Shell 6Definition: Hence, by extension, any
mollusks having such a covering.
Shell 7Definition: 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.
Shell 8Definition: The case which
holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with
breechloading small arms.
Shell 9Definition: Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house.
Shell 10Definition: A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one.
Shell 11Definition: An instrument of music, as a lyre, the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing
strings over a tortoise shell.
Shell 12Definition: An engraved copper roller used in print
Shell 13Definition: The
husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa,
Shell 14Definition: The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
Shell 15Definition: A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
Shell 16Definition: To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod,
etc.; as, to shell
nuts or pease; to shell
Shell 17Definition: To separate the
kernels of (an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats,
etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk.
Shell 18Definition: To throw
bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town.
Shell 19Definition: To fall off, as a shell, crust,
Shell 20Definition: To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as,
nuts shell in falling.
Shell 21Definition: To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye
shells in reaping.
shell 22Definition: hard outer covering or case of certain
organisms such as
shell 23Definition: the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc
shell 24Definition: a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the
shell 25Definition: ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
shell 26Definition: the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"
shell 27Definition: a very light narrow racing boat
shell 28Definition: a rigid covering that
envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
shell 29Definition: the exterior covering of a
shell 30Definition: the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some
fruits especially nuts
shell 31Definition: the material that
forms the hard outer covering of many
shell 32Definition: remove the
husks from; "husk corn"
shell 33Definition: remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the
shell 34Definition: 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"
shell 35Definition: use
explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
shell 36Definition: look for and collect
shells by the seashore
shell 37Definition: hit the
pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight
runs in the first inning"
shell 38Definition: fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled"