An example of to shell is removing the seeds from a dried flower pod.
- An external, usually hard, protective or enclosing case or cover.
- A framework or exterior, as of a building.
- A thin layer of pastry.
- The external part of the ear.
Embarrassed, she withdrew into a shell.
Spent the day shelling on Cape Cod.
To come out of one's shell.
To shell peas, oysters, etc.
Peanuts shell easily.
- 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.
- (by extension) Any mollusk having such a covering.
The name shell originates from it being viewed as an outer layer of interface between the user and the internals of the operating system.
The name "Bash" is an acronym which stands for "Bourne-again shell", itself a pun on the name of the "Bourne shell", an earlier Unix shell designed by Stephen Bourne, and the Christian concept of being "born again".
He's lost so much weight from illness; he's a shell of his former self.
Even after months of therapy he's still in his shell.
A shell corporation was formed to acquire the old factory.
An example of a shell is what you crack to open an egg.
An example of a shell is the hard part of a snail.
An example of to shell is the military bombing civilian homes.
- To pay out (money).
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of shell
- Middle English from Old English scell skel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English schelle, from Old English (Anglian) scell 'eggshell, seashell', (South) sciell, sciel, from Proto-Germanic *skaljÅ (compare West Frisian skyl (“peel, rind"), Dutch schil (“peel, skin, rink"), Low German Schell (“shell, scale")), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel- (“to split, cleave") (compare Irish scelec (“pebble"), Latin silex (“pebble, flint"), siliqua (“pod"), Old Church Slavonic ÑÐºÐ¾Ð»Ð¸ÐºÐ° (skolika, “shell")). More at shale. Doublet of sheal.