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

But one of the most crucial bits of technology, the one that helped the Allies launch the surprise attack on Normandy, was the hull of a boat - the Higgins boat. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "D-Day: How New Orleans technology helped win the battle and World War II," 6 June 2018 The original barge sank in 1978 (a split hull) and the second one burned to the water line in 1979. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "Where to go for fun and food along Sacramento's Garden Highway," 18 May 2018 As the water rose inside the hull, the crewmen may have cut short their inevitable agony by shooting themselves with their long-barreled service Lugers. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian, "The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29," 19 Apr. 2018 Could be shipwreck, rock formation — 'or otherwise' All the wood, including the hull, has vanished, NOAA experts determined. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Deep sea explorers find mysterious creatures and one 'horror' off Carolinas coast," 9 July 2018 The five center panels are curved to resemble the cross-section of a ship’s hull and are set in Africa during the slave trade. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 Part of the Titanic’s starboard side hull, the largest artifact recovered from the ship to date, is on display. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018 This year, Sankofa will grow two more bean varieties for Truelove — crowder peas and purple hull peas, similar to black-eyed peas — as well as sorghum. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "Truelove prizes seeds and stories from around the world," 2 July 2018 Just before serving, hull berries and cut them in half. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Former waitresses' 'lazy' strawberry pie wins 'Waitress the musical' contest," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Karl Stoltze typically drove a rigid-hulled, Zodiac-like inflatable raft, Wehmhoff said. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage man left Whittier to harvest crab for Easter. He’s still missing.," 3 Apr. 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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