eggshell

noun
egg·​shell | \ ˈeg-ˌshel , 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

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 Attendees traveled through the house, posing with props including a human-size egg crate and an eggshell swing suspended from the ceiling. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Pop-up ‘Museums’ Are Instagram Fans’ Favorite Place to Pose," 5 July 2018 This precursor to eggshell-walking could warrant counseling, for you alone if your wife refuses. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Wife’s feelings are hurt when kids fight over Dad at bedtime," 27 June 2018 Missouri has adopted a version of the eggshell skull rule. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Reggie Bush’s Trial Win vs. Rams Could Be Precedent for More Athletes Filing Injury Lawsuits," 13 June 2018 People walk on eggshells and talk about superficialities, rather than about what is really happening in their lives. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Dreading Thanksgiving With the Family? Follow This Advice," 13 Nov. 2018 Most of them took jewelry and other personal adornments to their graves: strands of ostrich eggshell or vibrantly colored stone beads, hippopotamus ivory rings or bangles, or headpieces made from latticed arrangements of animal teeth. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists explore East Africa’s ancient monumental cemeteries," 21 Aug. 2018 Those 13 years of walking on eggshells and fear of ridicule were a study in human psychology better than any textbook could offer. Kristen Falso-capaldi, Good Housekeeping, "My Father Bullied Me And I'm Actually Grateful for It," 7 June 2017

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 , ˈāg-\

Kids Definition of eggshell

: the shell of an egg

eggshell

noun
egg·​shell | \ ˈeg-ˌshel, ˈāg- \

Medical Definition of eggshell

: the hard exterior covering of an egg

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