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Dictionary definition for: Shell

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

2. (v) use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"

3. (v) fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled"

4. (n) the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

5. (v) hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"

6. (n) hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

7. (n) the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

8. (v) look for and collect shells by the seashore

9. (n) the exterior covering of a bird''s egg

10. (v) 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"

11. (n) a rigid covering that envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"

12. (v) remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes" "shell mussels"

13. (v) remove the husks from; "husk corn"

14. (n) a very light narrow racing boat

15. (n) the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"

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

17. (n) the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc

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