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Definition of 'shell'

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


  1. use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
       Synonyms: blast
  2. fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled"
  3. hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
  4. look for and collect shells by the seashore
  5. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
       Synonyms: beat beat out crush trounce vanquish
  6. remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes"; "shell mussels"
  7. remove the husks from; "husk corn"
       Synonyms: husk

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