"shell" in the noun sense
ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile fired from a large gun
the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
3. carapace, shell, cuticle, shield
hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
5. shell, eggshell
the exterior covering of a bird's egg
a rigid covering that envelops an object
"the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
7. shell, racing shell
a very light narrow racing boat
8. shell, case, casing
the housing or outer covering of something
"the clock has a walnut case"
9. plate, scale, shell
a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
"shell" in the verb sense
1. blast, shell
use explosives on
"The enemy has been shelling us all day"
2. blast, shell
create by using explosives
"blast a passage through the mountain"
fall out of the pod or husk
"The corn shelled"
hit the pitches of hard and regularly
"He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
look for and collect shells by the seashore
6. beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
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"
remove from its shell or outer covering
"shell the legumes"
8. husk, shell
remove the husks from
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