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Meaning & Definition of Shell in English

English

Shell

/ʃɛl/

noun

1. Ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile

  • Fired from a large gun
    synonym:
  • shell

2. The material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

    synonym:
  • shell

3. Hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

    synonym:
  • carapace
  • ,
  • shell
  • ,
  • cuticle
  • ,
  • shield

4. The hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

    synonym:
  • shell

5. The exterior covering of a bird's egg

    synonym:
  • shell
  • ,
  • eggshell

6. A rigid covering that envelops an object

  • "The satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
    synonym:
  • shell

7. A very light narrow racing boat

    synonym:
  • shell
  • ,
  • racing shell

8. The housing or outer covering of something

  • "The clock has a walnut case"
    synonym:
  • shell
  • ,
  • case
  • ,
  • casing

9. A metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

    synonym:
  • plate
  • ,
  • scale
  • ,
  • shell

10. The hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod

    synonym:
  • shell

verb

1. Use explosives on

  • "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
    synonym:
  • blast
  • ,
  • shell

2. Create by using explosives

  • "Blast a passage through the mountain"
    synonym:
  • blast
  • ,
  • shell

3. Fall out of the pod or husk

  • "The corn shelled"
    synonym:
  • shell

4. Hit the pitches of hard and regularly

  • "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
    synonym:
  • shell

5. Look for and collect shells by the seashore

    synonym:
  • shell

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • beat
  • ,
  • beat out
  • ,
  • crush
  • ,
  • shell
  • ,
  • trounce
  • ,
  • vanquish

7. Remove from its shell or outer covering

  • "Shell the legumes"
  • "Shell mussels"
    synonym:
  • shell

8. Remove the husks from

  • "Husk corn"
    synonym:
  • husk
  • ,
  • shell

Examples of using

Shell after shell smashed into the fort.
I found a beautiful shell on the shore.
Steve had to shell out $100.100 for the speeding ticket he got last week.