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
Definition categories: substance
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
Similar word(s): eggshell
6. a rigid covering that envelops an object
- the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice
7. a very light narrow racing boat
Definition categories: man–made
8. the housing or outer covering of something
Definition categories: man–made, housing
9. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
Definition categories: man–made, shield
10. the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
Sentences with shell as a noun:
- In some mollusks, as the cuttlefish, the shell is concealed by the animal's outer mantle and is considered internal.
- Genuine mother of pearl buttons are made from sea shells.
- The black walnut and the hickory nut, both of the same Genus as the pecan, have much thicker and harder shells than the pecan.
- The first lyre may have been made by drawing strings over the underside of a tortoise shell.
- The name shell originates from it being viewed as an outer layer of interface between the user and the internals of the operating system.
- The name "Bash" is an acronym which stands for "Bourne-again shell", itself a pun on the name of the "Bourne shell", an earlier Unix shell designed by Stephen Bourne, and the Christian concept of being "born again".
- He's lost so much weight from illness; he's a shell of his former self.
- Even after months of therapy he's still in his shell.
- A shell corporation was formed to acquire the old factory.
1. use explosives on
- The enemy has been shelling us all day
Similar word(s): blast
2. create by using explosives
Similar word(s): blast
3. fall out of the pod or husk
- The corn shelled
4. hit the pitches of hard and regularly
- He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning
5. look for and collect shells by the seashore
6. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
7. remove from its shell or outer covering
- shell the legumes
- shell mussels
8. remove the husks from
Similar word(s): husk
Sentences with shell as a verb:
- Nuts shell in falling.
- Wheat or rye shells in reaping.