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 shell shell

noun

  • () ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun  ( shell )
    ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
  • () the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals  ( shell )
    the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
  • () hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles  ( carapace, cuticle, shield, shell )
    hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
  • the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod  ( shell )
    the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
  • a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)  ( plate, scale, shell )
    a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  • the housing or outer covering of something  ( case, casing, shell )
    the housing or outer covering of something
     the clock has a walnut case
    the clock has a walnut case
  • a very light narrow racing boat  ( racing shell, shell )
    a very light narrow racing boat
  • a rigid covering that envelops an object  ( shell )
    a rigid covering that envelops an object
     the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice
    the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice
  • the exterior covering of a bird's egg  ( eggshell, shell )
    the exterior covering of a bird's egg
  • the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts  ( shell )
    the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
  • verb

  • () use explosives on  ( blast, shell )
    use explosives on
     The enemy has been shelling us all day
    The enemy has been shelling us all day
  • remove the husks from  ( husk, shell )
    remove the husks from
     husk corn
    husk corn
  • remove from its shell or outer covering  ( shell )
    remove from its shell or outer covering
     shell the legumes
    shell the legumes
     shell mussels
    shell mussels
  • come out better in a competition, race, or conflict  ( shell, trounce, vanquish, beat out, crush, beat )
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
     Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
    Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
     We beat the competition
    We beat the competition
     Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
    Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
  • look for and collect shells by the seashore  ( shell )
    look for and collect shells by the seashore
  • hit the pitches of hard and regularly  ( shell )
    hit the pitches of hard and regularly
     He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning
    He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning
  • fall out of the pod or husk  ( shell )
    fall out of the pod or husk
     The corn shelled
    The corn shelled
  • create by using explosives  ( blast, shell )
    create by using explosives
     blast a passage through the mountain
    blast a passage through the mountain