eggshell

noun
egg·​shell | \ ˈeg-ˌshel How to pronounce eggshell (audio) , ˈāg-\

Definition of eggshell

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the hard exterior covering of an egg
2 : something resembling an eggshell especially in fragility

eggshell

adjective

Definition of eggshell (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : thin and fragile
2 : slightly glossy
3 : yellowish white

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tyler takes the stage soon after, dressed in a crisp eggshell blue suit and a platinum wig in front of a tinsel backdrop to match his silver loafers, both clear references to the silver walls of Andy Warhol’s infamous Factory. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Tyler, the Creator Is a Modern Day Andy Warhol in His New Video," 17 May 2019 Crack the egg into a separate bowl (this will give you time to fish out any rogue eggshells), then transfer it to the pan from a close distance. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Perfect Fried Egg Every Time," 8 Apr. 2019 The order of paints from lowest to the highest gloss is: flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and hi-gloss. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "High-gloss? Eggshell? Satin? When to use which sheen for your painting project," 9 May 2018 Vinegar, while pungent, helps dye bond to the eggshell. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Own Natural Easter Egg Dyes with Everyday Ingredients," 7 Mar. 2019 The look: Right in the middle of the sheen spectrum, a satin finish is more light-reflecting than eggshell without appearing as shiny as semigloss. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "A Paint Expert's Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Paint Finish," 4 Mar. 2019 The place was a mess: eggshells everywhere, the counter covered in splotches of sticky batter, bags of flour spilled onto the floor. Ruth Reichl, Good Housekeeping, "Good Read: Delicious!," 10 Mar. 2014 Her ability to compete in the track-and-field championships is uncertain because eggshell fragments injured her cornea. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy: Black athlete's injury among cases probed for racism," 31 July 2018 Her ability to compete in the track-and-field championships is uncertain because eggshell fragments injured her cornea. Frances D'emilio, The Seattle Times, "Italy: Black athlete’s injury among cases probed for racism," 30 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Let’s try this again: Imagine the color of cream cheese, that off-white, almost yellowish or eggshell white hue that graces our bagels and our cheesecakes in dense, creamy swirls. SI.com, "These Sneakers Were Inspired by Philadelphia Cream Cheese," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of eggshell

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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eggshell

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eggshell

: the hard outside part of an egg : the shell of an egg

eggshell

noun
egg·​shell | \ ˈeg-ˌshel How to pronounce eggshell (audio) , ˈāg-\

Kids Definition of eggshell

: the shell of an egg

eggshell

noun
egg·​shell | \ ˈeg-ˌshel, ˈāg- How to pronounce eggshell (audio) \

Medical Definition of eggshell

: the hard exterior covering of an egg

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