shell [shel]
[ME schelle < OE sciel, akin to MDu schelle < IE base * (s)kel-: see SHELF]
1. a hard outer covering, as of a turtle, mollusk, insect, egg, fruit, seed, etc.
2. something like or suggestive of a shell in being hollow, empty, or simply a covering or framework, as the hull of a boat, a hollow pastry or unfilled pie crust, the framework of a building, a structure with an arched or hemispherical roof or back, a tapered beer glass, etc.
3. a shy, reserved, or uncommunicative attitude or manner [to come out of one's shell ]
4. a woman's simple sleeveless blouse or sweater
5. a long, narrow, thin-hulled racing boat rowed usually by a team of oarsmen
6. an explosive artillery projectile containing high explosives and sometimes shrapnel, chemicals, etc.
7. a cartridge for small arms or small artillery, consisting of a metal, paper, or plastic case holding the primer, powder charge, and shot or bullet
8. a pyrotechnic cartridge which explodes high in the air
a) a mollusk
b) [pl.] shellfish
10. Chem. Physics
a) any of the spherical or elliptical orbits of electrons around the nucleus of an atom, each with the same principal quantum number and about the same energy
b) the space taken up by such an orbit
c) a grouping of like nucleons of approximately the same energy in the nucleus
1. to remove the shell or covering from; take out of the shell [to shell peas, oysters, etc.]
2. to separate kernels or grains of (corn, wheat, etc.) from the cob or ear
3. to fire shells at from a large gun or guns; bombard
1. to separate from the shell or covering [peanuts shell easily]
2. to fall, slough, or peel off, as a shell
3. to gather or collect shells
shell out
Informal to pay out (money)

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Shell — Shell, n. [OE. shelle, schelle, AS. scell, scyll; akin to D. shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and E. skill. Cf. {Scale} of fishes, {Shale}, {Skill}.] 1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal. Specifically: (a) The covering, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shell — may refer to * Animal shell, or exoskeleton, including those of molluscs, turtles, insects and crustaceans * Seashell, the shells of various marine animals, especially marine mollusks * Eggshell, the outer covering of a hard shelled eggAny more… …   Wikipedia

  • shell — less, adj. shell like, adj. /shel/, n. 1. a hard outer covering of an animal, as the hard case of a mollusk, or either half of the case of a bivalve mollusk. 2. any of various objects resembling such a covering, as in shape or in being more or… …   Universalium

  • shell — [ʆel] verb shell out something phrasal verb [intransitive, transitive] informal to spend a lot of money on something, often when you do not really want to; =FORK OUT: shell out something for/​on • The insurance company refused to shell out for… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Shell — Shell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shelling}.] 1. To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell oysters. [1913 Webster] 2. To separate the kernels of (an ear of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shell — Shell, v. i. 1. To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling. [1913 Webster] 3. To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shell|y — «SHEHL ee», adjective, shell|i|er, shell|i|est. 1. abounding in shells. 2. consisting of a shell or shells. 3. shell like …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Shell — [ʃɛl] die; , s <aus gleichbed. engl. shell, eigtl. »Schale, Hülle«>: 1. Benutzeroberfläche eines Betriebssystems (von Computern; EDV). 2. ↑Expertensystem, das noch nicht od. nicht mehr mit Fakten od. Regeln eines bestimmten Gebiets gefüllt… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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