shell

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: shell

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the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
look for and collect shells by the seashore
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a rigid covering that envelops an object
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a very light narrow racing boat
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ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
create by using explosives
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the housing or outer covering of something
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fall out of the pod or husk
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come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: shell
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n the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

Types:
mother-of-pearl, nacre
the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell
Type of:
animal material
material derived from animals

n the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod

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valve
one of the paired hinged shells of certain molluscs and of brachiopods
valve
the entire one-piece shell of a snail and certain other molluscs
scallop shell
a shell of a scallop
oyster shell
a shell of an oyster
phragmacone, phragmocone
the thin conical chambered internal shell (either straight or curved) of a belemnite
seashell
the shell of a marine organism
clamshell
the shell of a clam
Type of:
cover, covering, natural covering
a natural object that covers or envelops

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

Synonyms:
carapace, cuticle, shield
Types:
cuticula
the outer body wall of an insect
Type of:
scute
large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake

v look for and collect shells by the seashore

Type of:
gather
look for (food) in nature

v remove from its shell or outer covering

shell the legumes”
shell mussels”
Types:
pod
take something out of its shell or pod
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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n a rigid covering that envelops an object

“the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice”
Type of:
cover, covering, natural covering
a natural object that covers or envelops

n the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

Types:
nutshell
the shell around the kernel of a nut
Type of:
hull
dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut

n the exterior covering of a bird's egg

Synonyms:
eggshell
Type of:
cover, covering, natural covering
a natural object that covers or envelops
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n a very light narrow racing boat

Synonyms:
racing shell
Types:
racing skiff, single shell
a shell for a single oarsman
scull
a racing shell that is propelled by sculls
Type of:
racing boat
a boat propelled by oarsmen and designed for racing
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n ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun

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artillery shell
a shell fired by artillery
shotgun shell
a shell containing lead shot; used in shotguns
shrapnel
shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight
tank shell
a shell fired by the cannon on a tank
whizbang, whizbang shell, whizzbang
a small high-velocity shell; it makes a whizzing sound followed by a bang when it hits
Type of:
ammo, ammunition
projectiles to be fired from a gun

v create by using explosives

Synonyms:
blast
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v use explosives on

“The enemy has been shelling us all day”
Synonyms:
blast
Types:
crump
bombard with heavy shells
Type of:
bomb, bombard
throw bombs at or attack with bombs
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n the housing or outer covering of something

Synonyms:
case, casing
Types:
boot
protective casing for something that resembles a leg
gear box, 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
Type of:
housing
a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component

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

Synonyms:
plate, scale
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armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour
specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
horseshoe, shoe
U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof
shell plating
the plates covering the frame of a steel ship and corresponding to the planking of a wooden ship
backplate
plate armor protecting the back; worn as part of a cuirass
beaver
a movable piece of armor on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower face
brassard
armor plate that protects the arm
aegis, breastplate, egis
armor plate that protects the chest; the front part of a cuirass
cannon
(Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
chamfron, chanfron, front-stall, frontstall, testiere
medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head
cubitiere
body armor that protects the elbow
cuisse
armor plate that protects the thigh
epauliere
armor plate that protects the shoulder
fauld
a piece of armor plate below the breastplate
gorget
armor plate that protects the neck
greave, jambeau
armor plate that protects legs below the knee
helmet
armor plate that protects the head
knee piece
armor plate that protects the knee
nosepiece
armor plate that protects the nose
palette, pallette
one of the rounded armor plates at the armpits of a suit of armor
roundel
round piece of armor plate that protects the armpit
skirt of tasses
armor plate that protects the body below the waist
sabaton, solleret
armor plate that protects the foot; consists of mail with a solid toe and heel
tasse, tasset
one of two pieces of armor plate hanging from the fauld to protect the upper thighs
tuille
armor plate that protects the hip and thigh
visor, vizor
a piece of armor plate (with eye slits) fixed or hinged to a medieval helmet to protect the face
Type of:
shield
a protective covering or structure
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v fall out of the pod or husk

“The corn shelled
Type of:
emerge
come out into view, as from concealment

v remove the husks from

Synonyms:
husk
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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v come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Synonyms:
beat, beat out, crush, trounce, vanquish
beat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach
beat through cleverness and wit
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outpoint, outscore
score more points than one's opponents
walk over
beat easily
eliminate
remove from a contest or race
mop up, pip, rack up, whip, worst
defeat thoroughly
whomp
beat overwhelmingly
get the best, have the best, overcome
overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome
rout, spread-eagle, spreadeagle
defeat disastrously
get the jump
be there first
cheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft
defeat someone through trickery or deceit
exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass
be or do something to a greater degree
get over, master, overcome, subdue, surmount
get on top of; deal with successfully
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
beat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach
beat through cleverness and wit
outgrow
grow faster than
outcry, outshout
shout louder than
outroar
roar louder than
outsail
sail faster or better than
outdraw
draw a gun faster, or best someone in a gunfight
outsell
sell more than others
outsell
be sold more often than other, similar products
outpace
surpass in speed
better, break
surpass in excellence
outshine
attract more attention and praise than others
outrange
have a greater range than (another gun)
outweigh
be heavier than
outbrave
be braver than
out-herod
surpass someone in cruelty or evil
outfox
outdo someone in trickery
shame
surpass or beat by a wide margin
bulldog
throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart
defeat by more skillful maneuvering
steamroll, steamroller
overwhelm by using great force
outmarch
march longer distances and for a longer time than
outwear
last longer than others
Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over

v hit the pitches of hard and regularly

“He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking
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