Definitions of shell

  1. To fall off, as a shell; to cast the shell.
  2. To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell oysters.
  3. To separate the kernels of ( an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats, etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk.
  4. To throw shells or bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town.
  5. To take from the husk or cob, as peas or corn; to bombard, as a stronghold.
  6. To break off the shell: to remove the shell from: to take out of the shell: to throw shells or bombs upon, to bombard.
  7. To remove the shell from; bombard.
  8. To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc.
  9. To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling.
  10. To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye shells in reaping.
  11. To cast or throw off the husk; to fall off, as a crust or shell.
  12. To fall off like a shell: to cast the shell.
  13. use explosives on; " The enemy has been shelling us all day"
  14. fall out of the pod or husk; " The corn shelled"
  15. remove from its shell or outer covering; " shell the legumes"
  16. To break off the shell; to take out of the shell; to separate from the car; to throw bomb- shells on.
  17. To strip or break off the shell; to be freed from the husk; in mil., to fire shells at.
  18. the exterior covering of a bird's egg
  19. a very light narrow racing boat
  20. the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc
  21. ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
  22. a rigid covering that envelops an object; " the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
  23. the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
  24. the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
  25. remove the husks from; " husk corn"
  26. remove from its shell or outer covering; " shell the legumes"; " shell mussels"
  27. look for and collect shells by the seashore
  28. hit the pitches of hard and regularly; " He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
  29. Something similar in form or action to an ordnance shell;
  30. A case or cartridge containing a charge of explosive material, which bursts after having been thrown high into the air. It is often elevated through the agency of a larger firework in which it is contained.
  31. A torpedo.
  32. A concave rough cast- iron tool in which a convex lens is ground to shape.
  33. A gouge bit or shell bit.
  34. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal.
  35. The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell.
  36. A pod.
  37. The hard covering of an egg.
  38. 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.
  39. Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering.
  40. A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive substance, ignited with a fuse or by percussion, by means of which the projectile is burst and its fragments scattered. See Bomb.
  41. The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms.
  42. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house.
  43. A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one.
  44. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
  45. The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc.
  46. The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
  47. A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
  48. An instrument of music, as a lyre, - the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell.
  49. A hard outside covering, as on a fruit, egg, tortoise, crab, etc.; a husk, as on corn, wheat, etc.; tortoise shell; a framework; as, after the fire only the shell of the house remained; a light, long, narrow racing boat; a case to hold ammunition for breechloading small arms; a hollow metallic projectile for cannon or mortar, filled with an explosive.
  50. A hard covering of some animals: any framework: a rough kind of coffin: an instrument of music: a bomb: the semicircular hilt which protected part of the hand in some forms of rapiers. Thackeray.
  51. A hard covering; case of molluscous animals; outer frame work; bomb.
  52. A hard structure, incasing an animal, egg, or fruit; a light racing rowboat; a hollow shot filled with an explosive; a metallic cartridge case.
  53. The hard cove ing or outer coat of a nut, a testaceous animal, or an egg; the outer part of a house unfinished; a rough kind of coffin; the outer or superficial parts; an instrument of music, as a lyre; a bomb- shell.
  54. The hard or stony covering of some fruits and seeds, and of certain animals, as crabs; a pod or seed- case; the stony covering of a mollusc, as the mussel, the oyster, & c.; the hard outer coat or covering of anything; a husk; in mil., a hollow shot filled with an explosive and destructive compound; a common coffin.
  55. The hard outer covering of animal or fruit; a covering, calcareous, siliceous, bony, horny, or chitinous.
  56. having a shell or containing shell; " shell marl"