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Noun: shell  shel
  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
    - carapace, cuticle, shield
     
  4. The hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
     
  5. The exterior covering of a bird's egg
    - 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
    - racing shell
     
  8. The housing or outer covering of something
    - case, casing
     
  9. A metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
    - plate, scale
     
  10. The hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
Verb: shell  shel
  1. Use explosives on
    "The enemy has been shelling us all day";
    - blast
     
  2. Create by using explosives
    "shell a passage through the mountain";
    - blast
     
  3. Fall out of the pod or husk
    "The corn shelled"
     
  4. Hit the pitches of hard and regularly
    "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
     
  5. Look for and collect shells by the seashore
     
  6. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    - beat, beat out, crush, trounce, vanquish
     
  7. Remove from its shell or outer covering
    "shell the legumes"; "shell mussels"
     
  8. Remove the husks from
    "shell corn";
    - husk
Contraction: she'll  shee-ul
  1. She will
    "she'll do okay on her own"

Derived forms: shelling, shells, shelled

Type of: ammo, ammunition, animal material, bomb, bombard, cover, covering, create, defeat, emerge, gather, get the better of, hit, housing, hull, make, natural covering, overcome, racing boat, remove, scute, shield, take, take away, withdraw

Part of: arthropod, egg, eggs, grandfather clock, longcase clock, mollusc, mollusk, shellfish, turtle

Encyclopedia: Shell, Ecuador