nutshell

noun
nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel \

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

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The Season 1 finale gave us this line, which basically sums up the show in a nutshell. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Killing Eve' Season Two Finally Has a Release Date. Here's Everything We Know.," 5 Jan. 2019 In a nutshell, an internal combustion engine works by using pistons to compress a mixture of air and vaporized fuel within a cylinder. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Warming Up Your Car in the Cold Just Harms the Engine," 28 Dec. 2018 But contradictions like this sum up 2018 in a nutshell. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 That, in a nutshell, describes my week with the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 In a nutshell, the game has everyone draw a number with the lowest number unwrapping the first gift and the highest number getting to steal the best unwrapped gift. Vogue, "Wes Gordon and Lauren Santo Domingo Bring the Cheer Ahead of the Fashion Awards," 10 Dec. 2018 In a nutshell, humans and machines become partners rather than competitors because designers don’t want to be engineers, and engineers don’t want to get lost in the production grind. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 In a nutshell, the macroeconomic effect of a carbon tax varies depending on what the government does with the revenue. David Roberts, Vox, "The 5 most important questions about carbon taxes, answered," 20 July 2018 In a nutshell, these photos have confirmed that none of us are emotionally prepared for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to have a baby. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Pregnant Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Already Feeling the Baby Fever on Their Tour of Australia," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nutshell

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nutshell

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nutshell

: the hard outer shell of a nut

nutshell

noun
nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel \

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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