hull

noun
\ ˈhəl How to pronounce hull (audio) \

Definition of hull

 (Entry 1 of 7)

1a : the outer covering of a fruit or seed
b : the persistent calyx or involucre that subtends some fruits (such as a strawberry)
2a : the frame or body of a ship or boat exclusive of masts, yards, sails, and rigging
b : the main body of a usually large or heavy craft or vehicle (such as an airship or tank)

hull

verb
hulled; hulling; hulls

Definition of hull (Entry 2 of 7)

transitive verb

: to remove the hulls of : shuck

Hull

biographical name (1)
\ ˈhəl How to pronounce Hull (audio) \

Definition of Hull (Entry 3 of 7)

Cordell 1871–1955 American statesman; Secretary of State (1933–44)

Hull

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hull (Entry 4 of 7)

Isaac 1773–1843 American naval officer

Hull

biographical name (3)

Definition of Hull (Entry 5 of 7)

Bobby 1939–     Robert Marvin Hull Canadian ice hockey player

Hull

biographical name (4)

Definition of Hull (Entry 6 of 7)

William 1753–1825 American general

Hull

geographical name
\ ˈhəl How to pronounce Hull (audio) \

Definition of Hull (Entry 7 of 7)

1 or in full Kingston upon Hull \ ˈkiŋ-​stən How to pronounce Kingston upon Hull (audio) \ city and port on the Humber River in eastern England population 242,200
2 former town in southwestern Quebec, Canada, on the Ottawa River

Note: Hull is now part of the town of Gatineau.

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Other Words from hull

Noun

hull-less \ ˈhəl-​ləs How to pronounce hull-less (audio) \ adjective

Verb

huller noun

Examples of hull in a Sentence

Noun

the coffin was placed in a cement hull

Verb

hull the pinto beans before adding them

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sailors worked quickly to shore up the damage and kept the main part of the Aber Read’s hull watertight. Fox News, "Bow of WW II US submarine discovered near remote Alaskan island," 31 July 2019 Almost none of the wooden hull is exposed; however, sections of copper sheathing, a clue to the vessel's age, can be seen in some areas of the wreck, NOAA reported. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "NOAA researchers discover two unexplored shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico," 30 July 2019 The steel in the Cod’s hull is all Great Lakes steel. Greg Burnett, cleveland.com, "USS Cod celebrates 60 years on Cleveland’s lakefront," 17 July 2019 These get rid of most of the hull and germ, making the cornmeal shelf-stable for a longer period of time. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "The Need-to-Know Rule For Buying and Using Cornmeal," 17 July 2019 Azipods, developed 30 years ago by Swedish company ABB and Finnish shipyard Masa-Yards, allow for more maneuverability as the engines are directly connected to the propellers in a structure that is completely outside the ship’s hull. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Carnival Cruise Line to use ‘floating dry dock’ to fix Carnival Vista’s broken engines," 2 July 2019 Fujairah became a target in May, when four oil tankers anchored offshore had holes blown in their hulls. The Economist, "Tensions between Iran and the West have the Gulf states on edge," 25 July 2019 In the 19th century, just getting to Greenland’s coast by sea was fraught with enormous risks: Approaching the island, ships would sometimes be immobilized for months, their hulls creaking under the mighty squeeze of pack ice closing in. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Ice at the End of the World’ is melting: Book explores Greenland and the warning it raises for global climate change," 24 July 2019 In the 19th century, just getting to Greenland’s coast by sea was fraught with enormous risks: Approaching the island, ships would sometimes be immobilized for months, their hulls creaking under the mighty squeeze of pack ice closing in. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Washington Post, "Exploring Greenland’s ice, then uncovering its warnings about the climate," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Though the state agricultural department says farmers can still sell hemp seed, hulled hemp, and a variety of other hemp products, cultivators say those sales likely wouldn’t be profitable enough to keep them in business. Felicia Gans, BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts says hemp-derived CBD is illegal — but CBD stores are still everywhere," 1 July 2019 Heap remaining whole, hulled berries into a blender. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Re-create Popsicle dreams with fresh strawberries — and powerful boost from freeze-dried version," 11 July 2018 Eventually, the bean gets dried down, hulled and prepared for roasting. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018 Purée hulled strawberries, mint leaves, lime juice, agave nectar, rose water (if using), and 2 cups cold water in a blender until smooth. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Strawberry-Rose Agua Fresca," 28 May 2018 Built in Philadelphia, steel-hulled and immense, the Cyclops splashed in as the Navy’s biggest, fastest fuel ship. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 The futuristic trimaran – three-hulled – ship is the fifth warship to carry the Cincinnati name. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "New USS Cincinnati Navy ship will be christened Saturday," 2 May 2018 Instead of the twin-hulled foiling catamarans used in Bermuda, the 2021 Cup finals in Auckland will be held in 75-feet foiling monohull yachts. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Ben Ainslie strikes $153m deal to fund second America's Cup bid," 26 Apr. 2018 Built in Philadelphia, steel-hulled and immense, the Cyclops splashed in as the Navy’s biggest, fastest fuel ship. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hull

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hull

Noun

Middle English holle, hulle, going back to Old English hulu, apparently going back to a by-form (without umlaut) of Germanic *huljō (whence Old High German hulla "outer garment," Middle High German hülle), nominal derivative from *hulj-a- "to cover" (whence Old Saxon bihullean "to veil, conceal," Old High German hullan "to cover," Old Norse hylja "to hide, cover," Gothic huljan "to cover, veil"), going back to Indo-European *ḱl̥-i̯e-, present stem formed from the verbal base *ḱel- "cover, conceal" — more at conceal

Note: The sense "frame or body of a ship," first attested with certainty ca. 1424-25 in a Latin document, is apparently a figurative use of the sense "husk, pod"; cf. Bertil Sandahl, Middle English Sea Terms I. The Ship's Hull (Uppsala, 1951), pp. 194-95.

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hull

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the main part of a ship or boat : the deck, sides, and bottom of a ship or boat
: the outer covering of a fruit, grain, or seed

hull

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hull (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the outer covering of (a fruit or seed)

hull

noun
\ ˈhəl How to pronounce hull (audio) \

Kids Definition of hull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the outside covering of a fruit or seed
2 : the frame or body of a ship or boat

hull

verb
hulled; hulling

Kids Definition of hull (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the outer covering of (a fruit or seed) hull peas

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