shell - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shell”

See all translations

shell

noun  us   /ʃel/

shell noun (COVERING)

[C/U] the hard outer covering of nuts, eggs, a few vegetables, and some animals: [C] Turtles, snails, and crabs all have shells to protect them.

shell noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] a tube filled with explosives that is fired from a large gun

shell

verb [T]  us   /ʃel/

shell verb [T] (FIRE EXPLOSIVE)

to fire shells at something: Military forces began shelling areas north of the city.

shell verb [T] (REMOVE COVERING)

to remove the hard outer covering of nuts and other foods: He sits in front of the TV, shelling peanuts.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of shell from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shell?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shell” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

extra time

a period of time in a sports game in which play continues if neither team has won in the usual time allowed for the game

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More