hull

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: the outer covering of a fruit or seed
b
: the persistent calyx or involucre that subtends some fruits (such as a strawberry)
2
a
: 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)
3
hull-less adjective

hull

2 of 2

verb

hulled; hulling; hulls

transitive verb

: to remove the hulls of : shuck
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
Water plants thoroughly and mulch with a 1- to 2-inch layer of organic material such as compost, cocoa bean hulls, or wood chips. Kim Toscano, Southern Living, 11 July 2024 And pearled barley has been polished to remove both the hull and bran layers. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 10 July 2024
Verb
Strawberry Cardamom Frozen Yogurt with Balsamic Swirl Makes 1 quart INGREDIENTS 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled 1¼ cup plain Greek yogurt 1/3 cup honey ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom 2 to 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze DIRECTIONS Place the strawberries, yogurt, honey and cardamom in a blender. Laura McLively, The Mercury News, 27 May 2024 Rice kernels are then dried and hulled by machines before they’re packed for sale in factories, lined from floor to ceiling with sacks of rice. Aniruddha Ghosal, Fortune Asia, 23 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for hull 

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Word History

Etymology

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.

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hull was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hull. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hull

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: the outer covering of a fruit or seed
b
: the remains of the flower that cling to the base of some fruits (as a strawberry)
2
: the frame or body of a ship, flying boat, or airship

hull

2 of 2 verb
: to remove the hulls of
hulling strawberries
hulled the corn kernels
huller noun

Geographical Definition

Hull

geographical name

1
or in full Kingston upon Hull 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.

Biographical Definition

Hull 1 of 4

biographical name (1)

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

Hull

2 of 4

biographical name (2)

Isaac 1773–1843 American naval officer

Hull

3 of 4

biographical name (3)

Bobby 1939–2023 Robert Marvin Hull Canadian ice hockey player

Hull

4 of 4

biographical name (4)

William 1753–1825 American general

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