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shell

noun (n)

  • ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals (noun.substance)
    source: wordnet30
  • hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles (noun.animal)
    Synonym: carapace, cuticle, shield
    source: wordnet30
  • the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts (noun.plant)
    source: wordnet30
  • the exterior covering of a bird's egg (noun.object)
    Synonym: eggshell
    source: wordnet30
  • a rigid covering that envelops an object (noun.object)
    Example:
    The satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice.
    source: wordnet30
  • a very light narrow racing boat (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: racing shell
    source: wordnet30
  • the housing or outer covering of something (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: case, casing
    source: wordnet30
  • a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners) (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: plate, scale
    source: wordnet30
  • the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod (noun.animal)
    source: wordnet30
  • A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Something similar in form or action to an ordnance shell; (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • use explosives on (verb.competition)
    Synonym: blast
    Example:
    The enemy has been shelling us all day.
    source: wordnet30
  • create by using explosives (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • fall out of the pod or husk (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The corn shelled.
    source: wordnet30
  • hit the pitches of hard and regularly (verb.contact)
    Example:
    He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning.
    source: wordnet30
  • look for and collect shells by the seashore (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • come out better in a competition, race, or conflict (verb.competition)
    source: wordnet30
  • remove from its shell or outer covering (verb.change)
    Example:
    Shell the legumes.
    Shell mussels.
    source: wordnet30
  • remove the husks from (verb.change)
    Synonym: husk
    source: wordnet30
  • To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell oysters. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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