shell Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "shell" - English Dictionary

See all translations

shellnoun

uk   us   /ʃel/

shell noun (COVERING)

B2 [C or U] the hard outer covering of something, especially nuts, eggs, and some animals: Brazil nuts have very hard shells. A piece of shell fell into the cake mixture. the shell of a snail/crab/tortoise a shell necklace (= a piece of jewellery made out of the shells of small sea creatures) [C] the basic outer structure of a building or vehicle, especially when the parts inside have been destroyed or taken or have not yet been made: the shell of a burned-out farmhouse
More examples

shell noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] a container, usually with a pointed end, that is filled with explosives and shot from a large gun: Artillery and mortar shells were landing in the outskirts of the city.

shell noun (BOAT)

[C] a type of boat used for racing, driven by people using oars (= poles with flat ends)

shell noun (COMPANY)

a company that is used to hide illegal activities: The shell advertised bonds for sale to investors, but this offering was essentially a fraud because no bonds ever existed.

shellverb [T]

uk   us   /ʃel/

shell verb [T] (COVERING)

to remove peas, nuts, etc. from their shells or their natural covering

shell verb [T] (EXPLOSIVE)

to fire shells at something: They were under orders to shell the hospital and the town hall.
shelling
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈʃel.ɪŋ/
Shelling of enemy lines continued all day.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of shell from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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
stretch the truth

to say something that is not completely honest in order to make someone or something seem better than it really is

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

generation pause noun
generation pause noun
July 06, 2015
informal young adults who are not able to do things previously typical for their age group such as buy a home or start a family because of lack of money Meanwhile, a new study released last week revealed a quarter of Brits believe they’ll never own a property, leading them to be

Read More