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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)


hulled; hulling; hulls

Definition of hull (Entry 2 of 7)

transitive verb

: to remove the hulls of : shuck


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Hull (Entry 3 of 7)

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


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Definition of Hull (Entry 4 of 7)

Isaac 1773–1843 American naval officer


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Definition of Hull (Entry 5 of 7)

Bobby 1939–     Robert Marvin Hull Canadian ice hockey player


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Definition of Hull (Entry 6 of 7)

William 1753–1825 American general


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Definition of Hull (Entry 7 of 7)

1 or in full Kingston upon Hull \ ˈkiŋ-​stən How to pronounce 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


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


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 The tower, with its flared platforms, resembles a ship’s hull and stands nearly nine stories high. Susannah Bryan,, 16 July 2021 Featuring a solid mahogany hull, Indian teak decks, and the hotel’s signature black and white stripes on its customized sail and cushions, the 70-foot Herreshoff sailboat is an uptown mood. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 July 2021 The hull, which will be forged from steel, features a low-profile design and a reverse bow to increase the efficiency and seakeeping abilities. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 July 2021 Maintenance crews will also work on the ship’s hull, rudder, propulsion shaft and anchor while the ship is in drydock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 Meanwhile, the hull, deck, and structural parts were all made from high-strength, light-weight carbon fiber with Nomex and Corecell cores. Bill Springer, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Instead of impacting against the side of the tank’s hull, the RPG is suddenly blasted out of the sky by an object that pops out of the tank’s turret. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2021 One design calls for a narrow-bodied ship rising high above the water, so that part of the hull itself functions as a sail. New York Times, 24 June 2021 From the wind catching the sails to the water splashing against the hull to your captain calling out orders-each sound builds to a crescendo. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 18 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, hull the strawberries and slice them in half. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Captain Carlson attributed the Zumwalt’s stability to hull form, relative location of the rudder stops, and the size of the propellers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Jan. 2020 La Lupita uses Mazahua corn, grown more than 8,200 feet above sea level, and nixtamalizes (a process where the corn is soaked, cooked, washed, and hulled) and grinds it in-house, then slaps it into sizzling warm tortillas. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Feb. 2020 On June 28, 1919, the first concrete-hulled ship built in Mobile, the USS Selma, was launched and prepared to aid Allied forces. Kelly Kazek |, al, 20 Feb. 2020 Not all mixes are equal; striped sunflower, for example, is not favored by as many bird species as black-oil sunflower or hulled or chipped sunflowers, according to a three-year study, Project Wildbird. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2019 Sarter was the operator of a 21-foot Monark aluminum-hulled boat that capsized about 11 a.m. after the engine became waterlogged, according to the sheriff’s office report. Jimmy Lovrien, Twin Cities, 30 Sep. 2019 In the United States, many seeds that don’t need hulling are harvested from two pumpkin varieties: oilseed and snow whites. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2019 This makes minesweepers, wooden or fiberglass-hulled ships specifically designed to hunt down and dispose of minesweepers, vital in a conflict. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hull


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hull


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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



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

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


\ 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


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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