The definition of a shell is a hard covering on the outside of something.(noun)
Shell is defined as to remove the outside cover of something.(verb)
An example of to shell is removing the seeds from a dried flower pod.
Shell means to fire explosives from a large gun or guns.(verb)
An example of to shell is the military bombing civilian homes.
See shell in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME schelle < OE sciel, akin to MDu schelle < IE base *(s)kel-: see shelf
See shell in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English scell; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
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