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Definition of Shell


  1. Something similar in form or action to an ordnance shell;
  2. A case or cartridge containing a charge of explosive material, which bursts after having been thrown high into the air. It is often elevated through the agency of a larger firework in which it is contained.
  3. A torpedo.
  4. A concave rough cast-iron tool in which a convex lens is ground to shape.
  5. A gouge bit or shell bit.
  6. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal.
  7. The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell.
  8. A pod.
  9. The hard covering of an egg.
  10. The hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefishes, it is internal, or concealed by the mantle. Also, the hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo, the tortoise, and the like.
  11. Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering.
  12. A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive substance, ignited with a fuse or by percussion, by means of which the projectile is burst and its fragments scattered. See Bomb.
  13. The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms.
  14. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house.
  15. A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one.
  16. An instrument of music, as a lyre, -- the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell.
  17. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
  18. The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc.
  19. The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
  20. A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
  21. 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.
  22. To separate the kernels of (an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats, etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk.
  23. To throw shells or bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town.
  24. To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc.
  25. To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling.
  26. To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye shells in reaping.

Shell Quotations

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Khalil Gibran

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Isaac Newton

Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.

Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell. - Bill Copeland
Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell.
Bill Copeland

Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. The iMac is not just the color or translucence or the shape of the shell. The essence of the iMac is to be the finest possible consumer computer in which each element plays together.
Steve Jobs
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Shell Translations

shell in Afrikaans is skil
shell in Dutch is schild, rugschild, schaal
shell in French is conque, coquille, coque, coquillage
shell in German is Granate {f}, Gerippe {n}, Aussenhaut {f}
shell in Italian is conchiglia, proiettile
shell in Portuguese is escudo
shell in Swedish is granat, skal, skala
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