Meaning of shell

Definition of shell

(noun) ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
the exterior covering of a bird's egg
a rigid covering that envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"
a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
(verb) use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
create by using explosives; "blast a passage through the mountain"
fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled"
hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
look for and collect shells by the seashore
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"
remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes"; "shell mussels"
remove the husks from; "husk corn"

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