shell

shell1 W3 [ʃel] n
[: Old English; Origin: sciell]
1.)
a) the hard outer part that covers and protects an egg, nut, or seed
Never buy eggs with cracked shells.
peanuts roasted in their shells
b) the hard protective covering of an animal such as a ↑snail, ↑mussel, or ↑crab
a snail shell
The children were collecting shells on the beach.
→↑seashell
2.) a metal container, like a large bullet, which is full of an explosive substance and is fired from a large gun
We ran for cover as shells dropped all around us.
an exploding mortar shell
3.) especially AmE a metal tube containing a bullet and an explosive substance
4.) the outside structure of something, especially the part of a building that remains when the rest of it has been destroyed
shell of
the burnt-out shell of a nightclub
5.) out of your shell
becoming less shy and more confident and willing to talk to people
I had hoped that university would bring him out of his shell .
She's started to come out of her shell a little.
shell 2
shell2 v [T]
1.) to fire shells from large guns at something
The army has been shelling the town since yesterday.
2.) to remove something such as beans or nuts from a shell or ↑pod
Josie was shelling peas in the kitchen.
shell out () [shell out (sth)] phr v
to pay a lot of money for something, especially unwillingly
If you want the repairs done right, you'll have to shell out at least $800.
shell out (something) for
She ended up shelling out for two rooms.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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 — 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 — 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

  • shell — [shel] n. [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… …   English World dictionary

  • shell — ► NOUN 1) the hard protective outer case of an animal such as a snail, shellfish, or turtle. 2) the outer covering of an egg, nut kernel, or seed. 3) an explosive artillery projectile or bomb. 4) a hollow metal or paper case used as a container… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • Shell — У этого термина существуют и другие значения, см. Шелл. Shell: Shell  интерпретатор команд операционной системы. Royal Dutch Shell  британско нидерландская компания …   Википедия

  • 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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