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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 something that encloses another thing especially to protect it
  • eating oysters straight out of their shells

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2 the arrangement of parts that gives something its basic form
  • workers at the shipyard have thus far erected the shell of the ship

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3 an outer part or layer
  • the shell of the building is all glass, making it conspicuous on a street with mostly limestone facades

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Synonyms of shell (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to remove the natural covering of
  • shelling peanuts

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2 to use bombs or artillery against
  • the enemy shelled the city for days without letup

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The first known use of shell was before the 12th century

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“Shell.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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