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 [syn: carapace, cuticle]
4 the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
5 the exterior covering of a bird's egg [syn: 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 [syn: racing shell]
9 a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners) [syn: plate, scale]
10 the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc
1 use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: husk]
- shĕl, /ʃɛl/, /SEl/
- Rhymes: -ɛl
- A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal:
- The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell.
- A pod.
- The hard covering of an egg.
- The hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefishes, it is internal, or concealed by the mantle. Also, the hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo, the tortoise, and the like.
- The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc.
- Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering.
- (plural: shell) An artillery projectile or charge
- A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive substance, ignited with a fuze or by percussion, by means of which the projectile is burst and its fragments scattered. See Bomb.
- The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms.
- Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house.
- (garment) A top, usually worn by women, with short or no sleeves that fastens, if it does, in the rear.
- A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one.
- An instrument of music, as a lyre, -- the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell.
- An engraved copper roller used in print works.
- The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
- A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
- A drum shell; the usually wooden, cylindrical acoustic chamber, with or without rims added for tuning and attaching drum heads.
- A general-purpose environment, usually command-line-oriented, within which other commands are invoked and their interactions controlled.
- In the context of "chemistry": A set of atomic orbitals that have the same principal quantum number.
hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal
covering, or outside part, of a nut
The hard covering of an egg
The hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates
Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering
The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder
- German: Hülse
Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure
- Swedish: skal
A coarse kind of coffin
An instrument of music, as a lyre
- Dutch: lier
An engraved copper roller
The husks of cacao seeds
The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve
A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell
A drum shell; the usually wooden, cylindrical acoustic chamber
- Greek: τύμπανο (timpano)
A general-purpose environment; usually CLI-oriented
to remove the outer covering or shell of something
to bombard, to fire projectiles at
- Dutch: bombarderen
Shell may refer to
Any more or less hollow surface covering, including:
In science and mathematics:
- Shell, Ecuador, sometimes called Shell Mera, a city named after the Shell Oil Company
In media and entertainment:
As a surname:
shell in German: Hülle
shell in Spanish: Shell
shell in French: Shell
shell in Italian: Shell
shell in Dutch: shell
shell in Japanese: シェル (曖昧さ回避)
shell in Polish: Muszla (ujednoznacznienie)
shell in Russian: Оболочка
shell in Serbian: Шел
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