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shell - Dictionary definition and meaning for word shell

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(noun) ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
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(noun) the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
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(noun) hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
Synonyms : carapace , cuticle , shield

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(noun) the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
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(noun) the exterior covering of a bird's egg
Synonyms : eggshell

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(noun) a rigid covering that envelops an object
Example Sentence
  • the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice

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(noun) a very light narrow racing boat
Synonyms : racing shell

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(noun) the housing or outer covering of something
Synonyms : case , casing
Example Sentence
  • the clock has a walnut case

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(noun) a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
Synonyms : plate , scale

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(noun) the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
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(verb) use explosives on
Synonyms : blast
Example Sentence
  • The enemy has been shelling us all day

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(verb) create by using explosives
Synonyms : blast
Example Sentence
  • blast a passage through the mountain

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(verb) fall out of the pod or husk
Example Sentence
  • The corn shelled

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(verb) hit the pitches of hard and regularly
Example Sentence
  • He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning

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(verb) look for and collect shells by the seashore
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(verb) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
Synonyms : beat , beat out , crush , trounce , vanquish
Example Sentence
  • Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
  • We beat the competition
  • Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

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(verb) remove from its shell or outer covering
Example Sentence
  • shell the legumes
  • shell mussels

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(verb) remove the husks from
Synonyms : husk
Example Sentence
  • husk corn

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