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

The ship, currently docked at Pier V in the Inner Harbor, needs new coatings along its waterline — where the air and water meet on the ship’s hull — to guard against deterioration. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Historic Ships in Baltimore seeks to raise $152,000 to repair USCGC Taney," 26 May 2018 Clearly, Overgard has been living for some time in the hull of his crashed airplane and has a whole system down. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 Feb. 2019 In the dining room wooden beams curve to form a hull. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 The industry has agreed to cut greenhouse emissions in half by 2050, a far costlier exercise that will involve new hull designs and hybrid propulsion systems. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Singapore Ready to Supply Clean Ship Fuel," 9 Apr. 2019 All of the hulls are currently in construction somewhere around the world. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Finalists to Be the U.S. Navy’s Newest Frigate," 20 Feb. 2018 The force of the collision left multiple punctures in the ship’s starboard hull. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 Last week, what is believed to be a centuries-old ship’s hull washed up on South Ponte Vedra Beach in Guana State Park, north of St. Augustine, Florida. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Centuries-Old Shipwreck Washes Up in Florida," 2 Apr. 2018 Two cranes collapsed during the sinking, with one crashing onto the Kuznetsov and leaving a large gash in its hull. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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