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; U.S. 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 Cracks in the hull were detected a few days ago and the salvage team was quickly evacuated. Cara Anna, chicagotribune.com, "Indian Ocean island nation Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded tanker," 8 Aug. 2020 After the cracks in the hull were detected, a salvage team that had been working on the ship was evacuated, Ramano told reporters Thursday. Fox News, "Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel," 8 Aug. 2020 Cracks in the hull were detected a few days ago and the salvage team was quickly evacuated. Cara Anna, Star Tribune, "Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship," 8 Aug. 2020 The safety of Ellen has been compromised, breached like the hull of the Titanic. Raven Smith, Vogue, "The Safety of Ellen DeGeneres Has Been Compromised—But What Does It Mean to Cancel Her?," 6 Aug. 2020 The coating is made up of cuprous oxide, a reddish chemical compound commonly found in ceramic paints and glazes, as well as in antifouling paints meant to keep marine life, like barnacles, from sticking to a ship's hull. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What If You Could Paint Away the Virus That Causes COVID-19?," 20 July 2020 The Titanic’s hull, discovered south of Newfoundland in 1985, is split into two parts. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Judge Rules Salvage Firm Can Recover the Titanic’s Marconi Telegraph," 22 May 2020 The hull itself may offer some insights into the finer points of Scandinavian shipbuilding. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists in Norway are about to dig up a Viking ship," 28 May 2020 But the upper parts of the hull, along with all the rigging, were plowed away, along with the mound itself. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists in Norway are about to dig up a Viking ship," 28 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How the Zumwalt’s Strange Design Actually Helps It Handle Rough Waters," 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, "Downtown San José del Cabo Is Luring Visitors Out of the Resorts," 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 | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Here’s where to see a concrete WWI ship built in Alabama," 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, "Bird populations have crashed. Here’s what you can do to help.," 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, "1 man dead after boat capsizes on Lake Superior near Duluth," 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, "Pumpkin Seeds, Made in America," 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, "The U.S. Navy’s Minesweeper Fleet Is in Bad Shape," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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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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14 Aug 2020

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“Hull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hull. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for hull

hull

noun
How to pronounce Hull (audio)

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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