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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.George Eliot
to shell (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
- The calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates.
- The hard calcareous covering of a bird egg.
- The exoskeleton or wing covers of certain insects.
- The covering, or outside part, of a nut.
- A pod containing the seeds of certain plants, such as the legume Phaseolus vulgaris.
- plural Husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is sometimes used as a substitute or adulterant for cocoa and its products such as chocolate.
- The conjoined scutes that comprise the "shell" (carapace) of a tortoise or turtle.
- The overlapping hard plates comprising the armor covering the armadillo's body.
- The accreted mineral formed around a hollow geode.
- The casing of a self-contained single-unit artillery projectile.
- 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.).
- The cartridge of a breechloading firearm; a load; a bullet; a round.
- Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in, as the shell of a house.
- 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.
- A coarse or flimsy coffin; a thin interior coffin enclosed within a more substantial one.
- (music) 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.
- (music) 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.
- An engraved copper roller used in print works.
- (nautical) The watertight outer covering of the hull of a vessel, often made with planking or metal plating.
- (nautical, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
- (nautical) A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood, impermeable fabric, or water-proofed paper; a racing shell or dragon boat.
- (computing) A general-purpose environment, usually command-line-oriented, within which other commands are invoked and their interactions controlled.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A set of atomic orbitals that have the same principal quantum number.
- An emaciated person.
- He's lost so much weight from illness; he's a shell of his former self.
- A psychological barrier to social interaction.
- Even after months of therapy he's still in his shell.
hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates
hard covering of an egg
covering of a nut
accreted mineral formed around a hollow geode
casing of an artillery projectile
projectile fired from a mortar or a cannon
any hollow structure; framework, or exterior structure
garment with short or no sleeves that often fastens in the rear
coarse or flimsy coffin
engraved copper roller used in print works
rigging: outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve
nautical: light boat the frame of which is covered with thin material
computing: general-purpose environment
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Third person singular
- To remove the outer covering or shell of something. See sheller.
- To bombard, to fire projectiles at.
- (informal) To disburse or give up money, to pay. (Often used with out).
to remove the outer covering or shell of something
- shell suit
- shell out
- shell script
- come out of one's shell
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