(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: man–made, ammo, ammunition

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

Similar word(s): carapace, cuticle, shield

Definition categories: animal, scute

4. the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

Definition categories: plant, hull

5. the exterior covering of a bird's egg

Similar word(s): eggshell

Definition categories: object, cover, covering

6. a rigid covering that envelops an object

- the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice

Definition categories: object, cover, covering

7. a very light narrow racing boat

Definition categories: man–made

8. the housing or outer covering of something

Similar word(s): case, casing

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)

Similar word(s): plate, scale

Definition categories: man–made, shield

10. the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod

Definition categories: animal, cover, covering

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

Definition categories: competition, bomb, bombard

2. create by using explosives

Similar word(s): blast

Definition categories: creation, create, make

3. fall out of the pod or husk

- The corn shelled

Definition categories: contact, emerge

4. hit the pitches of hard and regularly

- He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning

Definition categories: contact, hit

5. look for and collect shells by the seashore

Definition categories: contact, gather

6. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Similar word(s): beat, crush, trounce, vanquish

Definition categories: competition, defeat, overcome

7. remove from its shell or outer covering

- shell the legumes

- shell mussels

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

8. remove the husks from

Similar word(s): husk

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

Sentences with shell as a verb:

- Nuts shell in falling.

- Wheat or rye shells in reaping.