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(1)   Hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
(2)   The hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc
(3)   A metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
(4)   Ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
(5)   The housing or outer covering of something
"The clock has a walnut case"
(6)   A very light narrow racing boat
(7)   A rigid covering that envelops an object
"The satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
(8)   The exterior covering of a bird's egg
(9)   The hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
(10)   The material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals


(11)   Remove the husks from
"Husk corn"
(12)   Remove from its shell or outer covering
"Shell the legumes"
"Shell mussels"
(13)   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"
(14)   Use explosives on
"The enemy has been shelling us all day"
(15)   Look for and collect shells by the seashore
(16)   Hit the pitches of hard and regularly
"He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
(17)   Fall out of the pod or husk
"The corn shelled"


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  1. The calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates.
    In some mollusks, as the cuttlefish, the shell is concealed by the animal's outer mantle and is considered internal.
    Genuine mother of pearl buttons are made from sea shells.
  2. The hard calcareous covering of a bird egg.
  3. The exoskeleton or wing covers of certain insects.
  4. The covering, or outside part, of a nut.
    The black walnut and the hickory nut, both of the same Genus as the pecan, have much thicker and harder shells than the pecan.
  5. A pod containing the seeds of certain plants, such as the legume Phaseolus vulgaris.
  6. Husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is sometimes used as a substitute or adulterant for cocoa and its products such as chocolate.
  7. The conjoined scutes that comprise the "shell" (carapace) of a tortoise or turtle.
  8. The overlapping hard plates comprising the armor covering the armadillo's body.
  9. The accreted mineral formed around a hollow geode.
  10. The casing of a self-contained single-unit artillery projectile.
  11. A hollow usually spherical or cylindrical projectile fired from a seige mortar or a smoothbore cannon. It contains an explosive substance designed to be ignited by a fuse or by percussion at the target site so that it will burst and scattered at high velocity its contents and fragments. Formerly called a bomb (q.v.).
  12. The cartridge of a breechloading firearm; a load; a bullet; a round.
  13. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in, as the shell of a house.
  14. A garment, usually worn by women, such as a shirt, blouse, or top, with short sleeves or no sleeves, that often fastens in the rear.
  15. A coarse or flimsy coffin; a thin interior coffin enclosed within a more substantial one.
  16. A string instrument, as a lyre, whose acoustical chamber is formed like a shell.
    The first lyre may have been made by drawing strings over the underside of a tortoise shell.
  17. The body of a drum; the often wooden, often cylindrical acoustic chamber, with or without rims added for tuning and for attaching the drum head.
  18. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
  19. The watertight outer covering of the hull of a vessel, often made with planking or metal plating.
  20. The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
  21. A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood, impermeable fabric, or water-proofed paper; a racing shell or dragon boat.
  22. A general-purpose environment, usually command-line-oriented, within which other commands are invoked and their interactions controlled.
  23. A set of atomic orbitals that have the same principal quantum number.
  24. An emaciated person.
    He's lost so much weight from illness; he's a shell of his former self.
  25. A psychological barrier to social interaction.
    Even after months of therapy he's still in his shell.


  1. To remove the outer covering or shell of something. See sheller.
  2. To bombard, to fire projectiles at.
  3. To disburse or give up money, to pay. (Often used with out).