Associations to the word «Shell»


SHELL, noun. A hard external covering of an animal.
SHELL, noun. The calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates.
SHELL, noun. (by extension) Any mollusk having such a covering.
SHELL, noun. (entomology) The exoskeleton or wing covers of certain insects.
SHELL, noun. The conjoined scutes that comprise the "shell" (carapace) of a tortoise or turtle.
SHELL, noun. The overlapping hard plates comprising the armor covering the armadillo's body.
SHELL, noun. The hard calcareous covering of a bird egg.
SHELL, noun. The hard external covering of various plant seed forms.
SHELL, noun. The covering, or outside part, of a nut.
SHELL, noun. A pod containing the seeds of certain plants, such as the legume Phaseolus vulgaris.
SHELL, noun. (in the plural) Husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is sometimes used as a substitute or adulterant for cocoa and its products such as chocolate.
SHELL, noun. The accreted mineral formed around a hollow geode.
SHELL, noun. The casing of a self-contained single-unit artillery projectile.
SHELL, noun. A hollow usually spherical or cylindrical projectile fired from a siege mortar or a smoothbore cannon. It contains an explosive substance designed to be ignited by a fuse or by percussion at the target site so that it will burst and scattered at high velocity its contents and fragments. Formerly called a bomb.
SHELL, noun. The cartridge of a breechloading firearm; a load; a bullet; a round.
SHELL, noun. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in, as the shell of a house.
SHELL, noun. A garment, usually worn by women, such as a shirt, blouse, or top, with short sleeves or no sleeves, that often fastens in the rear.
SHELL, noun. A coarse or flimsy coffin; a thin interior coffin enclosed within a more substantial one.
SHELL, noun. (music) A string instrument, as a lyre, whose acoustical chamber is formed like a shell.
SHELL, noun. (music) The body of a drum; the often wooden, often cylindrical acoustic chamber, with or without rims added for tuning and for attaching the drum head.
SHELL, noun. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
SHELL, noun. (nautical) The watertight outer covering of the hull of a vessel, often made with planking or metal plating.
SHELL, noun. (nautical) (rigging) The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
SHELL, noun. (nautical) A light boat whose frame is covered with thin wood, impermeable fabric, or water-proofed paper; a racing shell or dragon boat.
SHELL, noun. (computing) An operating system software user interface, whose primary purpose is to launch other programs and control their interactions; the user's command interpreter.
SHELL, noun. (chemistry) A set of atomic orbitals that have the same principal quantum number.
SHELL, noun. An emaciated person.
SHELL, noun. A psychological barrier to social interaction.
SHELL, noun. (business) A legal entity that has no operations.
SHELL, noun. A concave rough cast-iron tool in which a convex lens is ground to shape.
SHELL, noun. A gouge bit or shell bit.
SHELL, verb. To remove the outer covering or shell of something. See sheller.
SHELL, verb. To bombard, to fire projectiles at, especially with artillery.
SHELL, verb. (informal) To disburse or give up money, to pay. (Often used with out).
SHELL, verb. (intransitive) To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc.
SHELL, verb. (intransitive) To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk.
SHELL, verb. (computing) (intransitive) To switch to a shell or command line.
SHELL, verb. To form shallow, irregular cracks (in a coating).
SHELL, verb. (topology) To form a shelling.
SHELL, proper noun. A diminutive of the female given name Michelle.
SHELL GAME, noun. A game of skill which requires the bettor to guess under which of three small cups (or shells) a pea-sized object has been placed after the party operating the game rapidly rearranges them, providing opportunity for sleight-of-hand trickery.
SHELL GAME, noun. Any confidence scheme, especially one involving the rapid movement of investment funds to a location beyond recovery.
SHELL GINGER, noun. An East Asian plant related to ginger, Alpinia zerumbet, grown for its showy flowers, which are shell-pink on the outside and intensely orange and red on the inside.
SHELL JACKET, noun. A short jacket reaching the hips, once part of military uniforms.
SHELL LIME, noun. Lime made by burning the shells of shellfish
SHELL MOULDING, noun. A method of casting metal used mainly for small pieces requiring relatively high accuracy.
SHELL OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To pay money, to disburse ; especially, to pay a great deal of money.
SHELL OUT, verb. (computing) (especially Unix) To use a program's "shell escape" function to execute an unrelated command or to invoke a subsidiary, interactive shell.
SHELL SCRIPT, noun. (computing) A prewritten list of commands, and perhaps other control information, to be executed (interpreted) by a shell or other command interpreter.
SHELL SCRIPTS, noun. Plural of shell script
SHELL SHOCK, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see shell,‎ shock.
SHELL SHOCK, noun. (figuratively) A stunning shock.
SHELL SHOCK, noun. (uncountable) A psychiatric condition characterized by fatigue caused by battle.
SHELL SHOCK, noun. A person with the condition.
SHELL SHOCK, verb. To stun or debilitate as by a shock.
SHELL SHOCKED, adjective. Alternative form of shell-shocked
SHELL SHOCKED, verb. Simple past tense and past participle of shell shock
SHELL SHOCKING, verb. Present participle of shell shock
SHELL SHOCKS, noun. Plural of shell shock
SHELL SHOCKS, verb. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of shell shock
SHELL SUIT, noun. A lightweight tracksuit consisting of a matching zip-front jacket and matching elasticated trousers, each having an outer nylon shell, often bearing panels and flashes of different colours, and inner cotton lining; popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s both as sportswear and as general leisurewear.
SHELL SUITS, noun. Plural of shell suit

Dictionary definition

SHELL, noun. Ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun.
SHELL, noun. The material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals.
SHELL, noun. Hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles.
SHELL, noun. The hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts.
SHELL, noun. The exterior covering of a bird's egg.
SHELL, noun. A rigid covering that envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice".
SHELL, noun. A very light narrow racing boat.
SHELL, noun. The housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case".
SHELL, noun. A metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners).
SHELL, noun. The hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod.
SHELL, verb. Use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day".
SHELL, verb. Create by using explosives; "blast a passage through the mountain".
SHELL, verb. Fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled".
SHELL, verb. Hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning".
SHELL, verb. Look for and collect shells by the seashore.
SHELL, verb. 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".
SHELL, verb. Remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes"; "shell mussels".
SHELL, verb. Remove the husks from; "husk corn".

Wise words

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