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Definitions of shell:
  • noun:   the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc
  • noun:   ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
  • noun:   the housing or outer covering of something
  • noun:   a very light narrow racing boat
  • noun:   a rigid covering that envelops an object
    Example: "The satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
  • noun:   the exterior covering of a bird's egg
  • noun:   the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
  • noun:   the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
  • noun:   hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
  • noun:   a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  • verb:   look for and collect shells by the seashore
  • verb:   hit the pitches of hard and regularly
    Example: "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
  • verb:   fall out of the pod or husk
    Example: "The corn shelled"
  • verb:   remove from its shell or outer covering
    Example: "Shell the legumes"
  • verb:   use explosives on
    Example: "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
  • verb:   remove the husks from
  • verb:   come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  • name:  A surname (common: 1 in 20000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #2399)

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