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hull

noun \ ˈhəl \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

Definition of hull

1 a : the outer covering of a fruit or seed
b : the persistent calyx or involucre that subtends some fruits (such as a strawberry)
2 a : 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-less

play \ˈhəl-ləs\ adjective

Examples of hull in a Sentence

  1. the coffin was placed in a cement hull

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of hull

hulled; hulling; hulls
: to remove the hulls of : shuck

huller

noun

Examples of hull in a Sentence

  1. hull the pinto beans before adding them

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First Known Use of hull

14th century

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hull Synonyms

Synonyms

bark, flay, husk, peel, shell, shuck, skin;

Related Words

bare, denude, expose, scale, strip;

pare;

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Hull

biographical name \ ˈhəl \

Definition of Hull

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

Hull

biographical name

Definition of Hull

Isaac 1773–1843 American naval officer

Hull

biographical name

Definition of Hull

Bobby 1939–     Robert Marvin Hull Canadian ice hockey player

Hull

biographical name

Definition of Hull

William 1753–1825 American general

Hull

geographical name \ ˈhəl \

Definition of Hull

1 or in full Kingston upon Hull play \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.

HULL Defined for English Language Learners

hull

Definition of hull for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of hull for English Language Learners

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


HULL Defined for Kids

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hull

noun \ ˈhəl \

Definition of hull for Students

1 : the outside covering of a fruit or seed
2 : the frame or body of a ship or boat

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hull

verb

Definition of hull for Students

hulled; hulling
: to remove the outer covering of (a fruit or seed)
  • hull peas


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