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Definition 1: the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod - [noun denoting animal]

(shell is a kind of ...) a natural object that covers or envelops

"under a covering of dust" "the fox was flushed from its cover"

(... is a kind of shell ) one of the paired hinged shells of certain molluscs and of brachiopods

(... is a kind of shell ) the entire one-piece shell of a snail and certain other molluscs

(... is a kind of shell ) a shell of a scallop

(... is a kind of shell ) a shell of an oyster

(... is a kind of shell ) the thin conical chambered internal shell (either straight or curved) of a belemnite

(... is a kind of shell ) the shell of a marine organism

(... is a kind of shell ) the shell of a clam

Definition 2: hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake

(... is a kind of shell ) the outer body wall of an insect

(... is part of shell) any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming

(... is part of shell) invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin

(... is part of shell) invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell

(shell is made of the substance ...) the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

Definition 3: ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun - [noun denoting artifact]

(shell is a kind of ...) projectiles to be fired from a gun

(... is a kind of shell ) a shell fired by artillery

(... is a kind of shell ) a shell containing lead shot; used in shotguns

(... is a kind of shell ) shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight

(... is a kind of shell ) a shell fired by the cannon on a tank

(... is a kind of shell ) a small high-velocity shell; it makes a whizzing sound followed by a bang when it hits

Definition 4: a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners) - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) a protective covering or structure

(... is a kind of shell ) specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire

(... is a kind of shell ) U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof

(... is a kind of shell ) the plates covering the frame of a steel ship and corresponding to the planking of a wooden ship

Definition 5: the housing or outer covering of something - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the clock has a walnut case

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component

(... is a kind of shell ) protective casing for something that resembles a leg

(... is a kind of shell ) the shell (metal casing) in which a train of gears is sealed

(... is a kind of shell ) the tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition

(... is part of shell) a pendulum clock enclosed in a tall narrow case

Definition 6: a very light narrow racing boat - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) a boat propelled by oarsmen and designed for racing

(... is a kind of shell ) a shell for a single oarsman

(... is a kind of shell ) a racing shell that is propelled by sculls

(shell is a part of ...) rower's seat that slides fore and aft

Definition 7: a rigid covering that envelops an object - [noun denoting object]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice

(shell is a kind of ...) a natural object that covers or envelops

"under a covering of dust" "the fox was flushed from its cover"

Definition 8: the exterior covering of a bird's egg - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) a natural object that covers or envelops

"under a covering of dust" "the fox was flushed from its cover"

(... is part of shell) oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food

Definition 9: the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts - [noun denoting plant]

(shell is a kind of ...) dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut

(... is a kind of shell ) the shell around the kernel of a nut

Definition 10: the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals - [noun denoting substance]

(shell is a kind of ...) material derived from animals

(... is a kind of shell ) the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell

(... is made of the substance shell) hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

Definition 11: remove from its shell or outer covering - [verb of change]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shell the legumes
  • shell mussels

(shell is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(... is a kind of shell ) take something out of its shell or pod

"pod peas or beans"

Definition 12: remove the husks from - [verb of change]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • husk corn

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

Definition 13: use explosives on - [verb of competition]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The enemy has been shelling us all day

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) throw bombs at or attack with bombs

"The Americans bombed Dresden"

(... is a kind of shell ) bombard with heavy shells

Definition 14: come out better in a competition, race, or conflict - [verb of competition]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
  • We beat the competition
  • Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) win a victory over

"You must overcome all difficulties" "defeat your enemies" "He overcame his shyness" "He overcame his infirmity" "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

(... is a kind of shell ) beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

"We licked the other team on Sunday!"

(... is a kind of shell ) place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

"Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

(... is a kind of shell ) overcome by superior force

(... is a kind of shell ) to fight better than; get the better of

"the Rangers outfought the Maple Leafs" "The French forces outfought the Germans"

(... is a kind of shell ) get the better of

"the goal was to best the competition"

(... is a kind of shell ) get on top of; deal with successfully

"He overcame his shyness"

(... is a kind of shell ) be or do something to a greater degree

"her performance surpasses that of any other student I know" "She outdoes all other athletes" "This exceeds all my expectations" "This car outperforms all others in its class"

(... is a kind of shell ) excel or defeat in a game

"The Knicks outplayed the Lakers"

(... is a kind of shell ) defeat someone through trickery or deceit

(... is a kind of shell ) be there first

"They had gotten the jump on their competitors"

(... is a kind of shell ) defeat disastrously

(... is a kind of shell ) overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome

"Heart disease can get the best of us"

(... is a kind of shell ) beat overwhelmingly

(... is a kind of shell ) defeat thoroughly

"He mopped up the floor with his opponents"

(... is a kind of shell ) remove from a contest or race

"The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race"

(... is a kind of shell ) beat easily

"The local team walked over their old rivals for the championship"

(... is a kind of shell ) score more points than one's opponents

(... is a kind of shell ) make defenseless

(shell implies ...) be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

"He won the Gold Medal in skating" "Our home team won" "Win the game"

(shell has a similar meaning as ...) beat through cleverness and wit

"I beat the traffic" "She outfoxed her competitors"

Definition 15: hit the pitches of hard and regularly - [verb of contact]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning

(shell is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

Definition 16: look for and collect shells by the seashore - [verb of contact]

(shell is a kind of ...) look for (food) in nature

"Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"

Definition 17: fall out of the pod or husk - [verb of contact]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The corn shelled

(shell is a kind of ...) come out into view, as from concealment

"Suddenly, the proprietor emerged from his office"

Definition 18: create by using explosives - [verb of creation]

Samples where shell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • blast a passage through the mountain

Synonyms for shell in the sense of this definition

(shell is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

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