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SHELL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shell mean? 

SHELL (noun)
  The noun SHELL has 10 senses:

1. ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
2. the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
3. hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
4. the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
5. the exterior covering of a bird's egg
6. a rigid covering that envelops an object
7. a very light narrow racing boat
8. the housing or outer covering of something
9. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
10. the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc

  Familiarity information: SHELL used as a noun is familiar.


SHELL (verb)
  The verb SHELL has 7 senses:

1. use explosives on
2. fall out of the pod or husk
3. hit the pitches of hard and regularly
4. look for and collect shells by the seashore
5. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
6. remove from its shell or outer covering
7. remove the husks from

  Familiarity information: SHELL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHELL (noun)


Sense 1shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

ammo; ammunition (projectiles to be fired from a gun)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

whizbang; whizbang shell; whizzbang (a small high-velocity shell; it makes a whizzing sound followed by a bang when it hits)

tank shell (a shell fired by the cannon on a tank)

shrapnel (shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight)

shotgun shell (a shell containing lead shot; used in shotguns)

artillery shell (a shell fired by artillery)


Sense 2shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

animal material (material derived from animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

mother-of-pearl; nacre (the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell)

Holonyms ("shell" is a substance of...):

carapace; cuticle; shell; shield (hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles)


Sense 3shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

carapace; cuticle; shell; shield

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

scute (large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake)

Meronyms (substance of "shell"):

shell (the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

cuticula (the outer body wall of an insect)

Holonyms ("shell" is a part of...):

turtle (any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming)

arthropod (invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin)

mollusc; mollusk; shellfish (invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell)


Sense 4shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

hull (dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

nutshell (the shell around the kernel of a nut)


Sense 5shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The exterior covering of a bird's egg

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

eggshell; shell

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

cover; covering; natural covering (a natural object that covers or envelops)

Holonyms ("shell" is a part of...):

egg; eggs (oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food)


Sense 6shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rigid covering that envelops an object

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

cover; covering; natural covering (a natural object that covers or envelops)


Sense 7shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A very light narrow racing boat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

racing shell; shell

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

racing boat (a boat propelled by oarsmen and designed for racing)

Meronyms (parts of "shell"):

sliding seat (rower's seat that slides fore and aft)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

scull (a racing shell that is propelled by sculls)

racing skiff; single shell (a shell for a single oarsman)


Sense 8shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The housing or outer covering of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

casing; shell; case

Context example:

the clock has a walnut case

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

housing (a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

boot (protective casing for something that resembles a leg)

gear case; gearbox (the shell (metal casing) in which a train of gears is sealed)

jacket (the tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition)

Holonyms ("shell" is a part of...):

grandfather clock; longcase clock (a pendulum clock enclosed in a tall narrow case)


Sense 9shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

scale; shell; plate

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

shield (a protective covering or structure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

shell plating (the plates covering the frame of a steel ship and corresponding to the planking of a wooden ship)

horseshoe; shoe (U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof)

armor plate; armor plating; armour plate; plate armor; plate armour (specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire)


Sense 10shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("shell" is a kind of...):

cover; covering; natural covering (a natural object that covers or envelops)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shell"):

clamshell (the shell of a clam)

seashell (the shell of a marine organism)

phragmacone; phragmocone (the thin conical chambered internal shell (either straight or curved) of a belemnite)

oyster shell (a shell of an oyster)

scallop shell (a shell of a scallop)


SHELL (verb)


Sense 1shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use explosives on

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

shell; blast

Context example:

The enemy has been shelling us all day

Hypernyms (to "shell" is one way to...):

bomb; bombard (throw bombs at or attack with bombs)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shell"):

crump (bombard with heavy shells)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall out of the pod or husk

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The corn shelled

Hypernyms (to "shell" is one way to...):

emerge (come out into view, as from concealment)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit the pitches of hard and regularly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning

Hypernyms (to "shell" is one way to...):

hit (cause to move by striking)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Look for and collect shells by the seashore

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "shell" is one way to...):

gather (look for (food) in nature)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

vanquish; beat out; beat; trounce; crush; shell

Context examples:

Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship / We beat the competition / Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

Hypernyms (to "shell" is one way to...):

defeat; get the better of; overcome (win a victory over)

"Shell" entails doing...:

win (be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shell"):

best; outdo; outflank; scoop; trump (get the better of)

outfight (to fight better than; get the better of)

overmaster; overpower; overwhelm (overcome by superior force)

checkmate; mate (place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game)

immobilise; immobilize (make defenseless)

outplay (excel or defeat in a game)

bat; clobber; cream; drub; lick; thrash (beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight)

exceed; outdo; outgo; outmatch; outperform; outstrip; surmount; surpass (be or do something to a greater degree)

cheat; chicane; chouse; jockey; screw; shaft (defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit)

get the jump (be there first)

rout; spread-eagle; spreadeagle (defeat disastrously)

whomp (beat overwhelmingly)

mop up; pip; rack up; whip; worst (defeat thoroughly)

eliminate (remove from a contest or race)

walk over (beat easily)

outpoint; outscore (score more points than one's opponents)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove from its shell or outer covering

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

shell the legumes / shell mussels

Hypernyms (to "shell" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shell"):

pod (take something out of its shell or pod)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7shell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the husks from

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

husk; shell

Context example:

husk corn

Hypernyms (to "shell" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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