Definition of nutshell
1 : the hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is enclosed
2 : something of small size, amount, or scope
in a nutshell
: in a very brief statement
Recent Examples of nutshell from the Web
Markelle's game, in a nutshell, is just lay a Swiss Army knife out, take out every instrument that's in it, and that's him.
In a nutshell, blockchains link together a global swarm of servers that hosts thousands of copies of the system’s transaction records.
The deal is complex but, in a nutshell, goes like this: Mansimov purchased a ship and opened a Maltese holding company for it in 2007.
Even without a class action lawsuit, the RIAA nutshell is likely to split wide open after Andersen’s case hits the discovery phase, causing problems in subsequent cases.
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First Known Use of nutshell
NUTSHELL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nutshell for English Language Learners
: the hard outer shell of a nut
NUTSHELL Defined for Kids
Definition of nutshell for Students
: the shell of a nut
in a nutshell
: very briefly And that, in a nutshell, is my explanation.
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