hull

noun
\ ˈhəl \

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 \

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 \

Definition of Hull (Entry 7 of 7)

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

Composites account for half of the weight of the Dreamliner’s hull. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 Recovering the San Juan's hull may be the only way to determine exactly what caused the sub's loss. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Doomed Argentine sub found a year after its disappearance," 19 Nov. 2018 The main part of the hull was covered in sand, which the archaeologists carefully removed. James Rogers, Fox News, "'Time capsule' warship wreck discovered," 27 Sep. 2018 Manchester’s Sprites went on to fly on the hulls of the Latvian-German Venta 1 satellite and the Italian-German Max Valier satellite, which launched into low-Earth orbit in June 2017. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018 Some visitors kept a respectful distance from the hulls; others were climbing them like jungle gyms or using paint scrapers to chip off illicit souvenirs. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 For example, an underwater drone may be assigned to locating underwater mines that could tear holes in the hulls of U.S. Navy ships. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic mini-sub could be a valuable weapon for Navy SEALs," 7 June 2018 With their sharp hulls and flat bottoms, their towering masts and tens of thousands of square yards of sails, the clippers sliced through the water at unprecedented speeds. Randall Fuller, WSJ, "‘Barons of the Sea’ Review: Rigging the Market," 19 July 2018 According to the Arizona Republic, Edenhofer was based in Guam, working as a hull maintenance technician for the Navy prior to joining the police force. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 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 \

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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