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Definitions of shell:

part of speech: noun

A hard covering of some animals: any framework: a rough kind of coffin: an instrument of music: a bomb: the semicircular hilt which protected part of the hand in some forms of rapiers. Thackeray.

part of speech: verb

To strip or break off the shell; to be freed from the husk; in mil., to fire shells at.

part of speech: verb transitive

To break off the shell: to remove the shell from: to take out of the shell: to throw shells or bombs upon, to bombard.

part of speech: verb intransitive

To fall off like a shell: to cast the shell.

part of speech: noun

A hard outside covering, as on a fruit, egg, tortoise, crab, etc.; a husk, as on corn, wheat, etc.; tortoise shell; a framework; as, after the fire only the shell of the house remained; a light, long, narrow racing boat; a case to hold ammunition for breechloading small arms; a hollow metallic projectile for cannon or mortar, filled with an explosive.

part of speech: noun

The hard or stony covering of some fruits and seeds, and of certain animals, as crabs; a pod or seed- case; the stony covering of a mollusc, as the mussel, the oyster, & c.; the hard outer coat or covering of anything; a husk; in mil., a hollow shot filled with an explosive and destructive compound; a common coffin.

part of speech: verb transitive

To take from the husk or cob, as peas or corn; to bombard, as a stronghold.

part of speech: verb intransitive

To cast or throw off the husk; to fall off, as a crust or shell.

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