nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio) \

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

Examples of nutshell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a nutshell, hydraulic jacks use pump plungers to move oil through two cylinders. Field & Stream, "Three Questions To Ask Before Buying A Hydraulic Jack," 12 May 2020 That's EventBot in a nutshell, according to new research from security firm Cybereason. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade," 2 May 2020 This is moderation in a nutshell: a personality cult for the terminally ambivalent. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "The Airy Ambivalence of the Moderate Politician," 24 Apr. 2020 That, in a nutshell, is why all those prognosticators — including President Trump — who say the economy will come roaring back once current safety measures are eased may be indulging in wishful thinking. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A ‘rocket ship’ of an economic recovery? Don’t count on it," 22 Apr. 2020 In a nutshell, Salazar Slytherin was one of the founders of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with his pals Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Scientists discover a new snake and name it after Salazar Slytherin," 21 Apr. 2020 In a nutshell, this Netflix show is a real story about wild animals, crazy Oklahoma hillbillies and their counterparts in Florida. Willie Brown,, "Why is Gavin Newsom making nice with Trump? He’s got a good reason," 4 Apr. 2020 Field-level encryption in a nutshell MongoDB's field-level encryption (FLE) offers the ability to store certain parts of the data in its document store encrypted. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "MongoDB’s field-level encryption protects private data—even from DBAs," 1 Apr. 2020 In a nutshell, Tiger King follows Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic), an unregulated zoo owner in rural Oklahoma, and the story of his epic feud with Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue and animal-rights activist. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Tiger King: Cardi B Wants to ‘Free’ Joe Exotic by Starting A GoFundMe," 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nutshell

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2020

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“Nutshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nutshell

: the hard outer shell of a nut


nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio) \

Kids Definition of nutshell

: the shell of a nut
in a nutshell
: very briefly And that, in a nutshell, is my explanation.

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