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shell

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noun \ˈshel\

Definition of shell

  1. 1a :  a hard rigid usually largely calcareous covering or support of an animalb :  the hard or tough often thin outer covering of an egg (as of a bird or reptile) — see egg illustration

  2. 2 :  the covering or outside part of a fruit or seed especially when hard or fibrous

  3. 3 :  shell material (as of mollusks or turtles) or their substance

  4. 4 :  something that resembles a shell: asa :  a framework or exterior structure; especially :  a building with an unfinished interiorb (1) :  an external case or outside covering <the shell of a ship> (2) :  a thin usually spherical layer or surface enclosing a space or surrounding an object <an expanding shell of gas around a neutron star>c :  a casing without substance <mere effigies and shells of men — Thomas Carlyle>d :  an edible crust for holding a filling <a pastry shell> <a taco salad in a tortilla shell>e :  band shellf :  a small beer glassg :  an unlined article of outerwear

  5. 5 :  a shell-bearing mollusk

  6. 6 :  an impersonal attitude or manner that conceals the presence or absence of feeling <he retreated into his shell>

  7. 7 :  a narrow light racing boat propelled by one or more persons pulling oars or sculls

  8. 8 :  any of the regions occupied by the orbits of a group of electrons of approximately equal energy surrounding the nucleus of an atom

  9. 9a :  a projectile for cannon containing an explosive bursting chargeb :  a metal or paper case which holds the charge of powder and shot or bullet used with breech-loading small arms

  10. 10 :  a plain usually sleeveless blouse or sweater

  11. 11 :  a company or corporation that exists without assets or independent operations as a legal entity through which another company or corporation can conduct various dealings

shell

adjective

Examples of shell in a sentence

  1. the shell of a crab

  2. We collected shells at the beach.

  3. We're going to have stuffed shells for dinner.

Origin and Etymology of shell

Middle English, from Old English sciell; akin to Old English scealu shell, Old Norse skel, Lithuanian skelti to split, Greek skallein to hoe


First Known Use: before 12th century


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shell

verb

Definition of shell

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to take out of a natural enclosing cover (as a shell, husk, pod, or capsule) <shell peanuts>b :  to separate the kernels of (as an ear of Indian corn, wheat, or oats) from the cob, ear, or husk

    2. 2 :  to throw shells at, upon, or into :  bombard

    3. 3 :  to score heavily against (as an opposing pitcher in baseball)

    4. intransitive verb
    5. 1 :  to fall or scale off in thin pieces

    6. 2 :  to cast the shell or exterior covering :  fall out of the pod or husk <nuts which shell in falling>

    7. 3 :  to gather shells (as from a beach)

    Examples of shell in a sentence

    1. They shelled the enemy troops.

    2. The town was shelled during the battle.

    1562

    First Known Use of shell

    1562



    SHELL Defined for English Language Learners

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    shell

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    noun \ˈshel\

    Definition of shell for English Language Learners

    • : the hard outer covering of an animal, insect, etc., that protects it

    • : the hard outer covering of an egg

    • : the hard outer covering of a nut, fruit, or seed


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    shell

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    Definition of shell for English Language Learners

    • : to remove the shell or outer covering of (something)

    • : to shoot shells at (someone or something) using large guns

    • : to score heavily against (a pitcher) in baseball


    SHELL Defined for Kids

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    shell

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    noun \ˈshel\

    Definition of shell for Students

    1. 1 :  a stiff hard covering of an animal (as a turtle, oyster, or crab)

    2. 2 :  the tough outer covering of an egg

    3. 3 :  the outer covering of a nut, fruit, or seed especially when hard or tough <walnut shells>

    4. 4 :  something like a shell (as in shape, function, or material) <a pastry shell>

    5. 5 :  a narrow light racing boat rowed by one or more persons

    6. 6 :  a metal or paper case holding the explosive charge and the shot or object to be fired from a gun or cannon

    shelled

    \ˈsheld\ adjective <soft-shelled crabs>

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    shell

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    Definition of shell for Students

    shelled

    shelling

    1. 1 :  to remove the shell or outer covering of <shell nuts>

    2. 2 :  to remove the kernels of grain from (as a cob of corn)

    3. 3 :  to shoot shells at or upon <They shelled the enemy troops.>



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