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

Most important, instead of sea mines, which are clumsy to position and inaccurate in targeting, Iran now appears to be using limpet mines, which are affixed to the hulls of ships. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "A ‘tanker war’ with Iran would be more complicated than the 1980s version," 18 June 2019 This is because the Menominee River is not wide enough for a length launch, where the ship goes in hull first. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul launches. 10 facts about the Navy’s latest warship.," 15 June 2019 Iranian sailors, thought to be members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, then remove an unexploded limpet mine from the hull of the ship. The Economist, "Iran is blowing up ships in the Gulf, says America," 14 June 2019 The tanks were sealed, and a flotation screen installed around the hull of the tank. oregonlive.com, "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 With the motor off, its pump for removing water from the hull would not operate. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Branson duck boat operator was warned in 2017 of dangers, inspector says," 22 July 2018 It is outfitted with grips along the hull for divers to hold on to, according to his tweets. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk sends an 'escape pod' to help in Thailand cave rescue," 9 July 2018 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

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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