[ US /ˈʃɛɫ/ ]
[ UK /ʃˈɛl/ ]
  1. create by using explosives
    blast a passage through the mountain
  2. use explosives on
    The enemy has been shelling us all day
  3. fall out of the pod or husk
    The corn shelled
  4. remove from its shell or outer covering
    shell the legumes
    shell mussels
  5. look for and collect shells by the seashore
  6. hit the pitches of hard and regularly
    He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning
  7. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    We beat the competition
    Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
    Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
  8. remove the husks from
    husk corn
  1. a very light narrow racing boat
  2. a rigid covering that envelops an object
    the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice
  3. the housing or outer covering of something
    the clock has a walnut case
  4. the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
  5. the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
  6. hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
  7. ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
  8. the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
  9. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
  10. the exterior covering of a bird's egg
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How To Use shell In A Sentence

  • The bombardment of the GPO had fascinated MacMurrough: the annunciatory puffs of smoke and the flames that roared to greet them; then the crashing gun’s report, the shell’s eruption—an illogical sequence, effect before cause, an object lesson in the madness of war. At Swim, Two Boys
  • Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, a product in which the explosion-prone nitroglycerin is curbed by being absorbed in kieselguhr, a porous soil rich in shells of diatoms. Physiology or Medicine for 1998 - Press Release
  • Labour is naturally a bit shell-shocked finding itself out of office for the first time in 13 years. Times, Sunday Times
  • Spanish-American War of 1898 Edison suggested to the Navy Department the adoption of a compound of calcium carbide and calcium phosphite, which when placed in a shell and fired from a gun would explode as soon as it struck water and ignite, producing a blaze that would continue several minutes and make the ships of the enemy visible for four or five miles at sea. Edison, His Life and Inventions
  • It likewise furthered the career of Mary Shelley as "The Author of Frankenstein," the rubric under which she continued her anonymous publication with a second novel immersed in medieval Italian history, Valperga: or, The Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca (1823). Biography
  • Another category of vessels and flatware was distinguished by the use of precious stones or exotic materials, such as coral, mother-of-pearl, or coconut shell.
  • LONDON, February 4/PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc ( "RDS") today announced an interim dividend in respect of the fourth quarter of 2009 of US$0. 42 per A and B ordinary share, an increase of 5% over the US dollar dividend for the same quarter last year. The Earth Times Online Newspaper
  • From the early 1620s, coastal Indians supplied wampum (sacred shell beads, polished and strung in strands, belts, or sashes) to Dutch traders who exchanged it with inland natives for beaver pelts.
  • The following day the capital was under shellfire. Reluctant revolutionary: the rocky road of Venustiano Carranza (1859–1920)
  • Earlier, in the B turret of the Achilles, there had been a temporary delay in the shell supply, and the gunhouse crews took the ready-use shells from their racks and fed them into the guns. Graf Spee
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