• Shell Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) A concave rough cast-iron tool in which a convex lens is ground to shape.
- (n.) A torpedo.
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) A gouge bit or shell bit.
- (n.) Something similar in form or action to an ordnance shell;
- (n.) Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house.
- (v. i.) To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling.
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) 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.
- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. i.) To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye shells in reaping.
- (n.) The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc.
- (n.) A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
- (v. t.) To throw shells or bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town.
- (n.) An instrument of music, as a lyre, -- the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell.
- (n.) A pod.
- (v. i.) To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc.
- (v. t.) To separate the kernels of (an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats, etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk.
- (n.) The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms.
- (n.) A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one.
- (n.) Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering.
- (n.) A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal.
- (n.) The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
- (n.) The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell.
- (n.) An engraved copper roller used in print works.
- (n.) The hard covering of an egg.
• Shellwork Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) Work composed of shells, or adorned with them.