shell

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noun
1 on eggs/nuts/some animals
ADJECTIVE
empty, hard, outer, protective, thick

She had built up a protective shell around herself. (figurative)

broken
egg (usually eggshell)
sea (usually seashell)
conch, cowrie, mussel, oyster, snail, tortoise (usually tortoiseshell)
coconut, peanut, walnut
VERB + SHELL
have

creatures that have shells

come out of, emerge from (both often figurative)

He's really come out of his shell since he met Marie.

go (back) into, retreat into, withdraw into (all often figurative)

The snail went back into its shell.

remove sth from

Remove the mussels from their shells.

break (open), crack (open)
shed

Male crabs shed their shells twice a year.

2 explosive weapon
ADJECTIVE
unexploded
spent

a heap of spent brass shells from a machine gun

anti-aircraft, artillery, cannon, mortar, shotgun, tank
depleted uranium, high-explosive

tank-busting guns that fired depleted uranium shells

incoming

The telltale sound of an incoming shell was heard.

VERB + SHELL
load
fire
SHELL + VERB
fly

A shell flew over his head and exploded in front of him.

fall, land
burst, crash, explode
hit sth, strike sth

Two shells hit the roof.

SHELL + NOUN
fire

They braved heavy shell fire to rescue the wounded.

shock

soldiers suffering from shell shock

case, casing, fragments, splinter
crater
3 outer walls of a building
ADJECTIVE
concrete
burned-out, empty, hollow (all often figurative)

The fire reduced the school to a hollow shell.

I had become a hollow shell.

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verb
Shell is used with these nouns as the object: ↑nut, ↑pea

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Shell — Shell, n. [OE. shelle, schelle, AS. scell, scyll; akin to D. shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and E. skill. Cf. {Scale} of fishes, {Shale}, {Skill}.] 1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal. Specifically: (a) The covering, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shell — less, adj. shell like, adj. /shel/, n. 1. a hard outer covering of an animal, as the hard case of a mollusk, or either half of the case of a bivalve mollusk. 2. any of various objects resembling such a covering, as in shape or in being more or… …   Universalium

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  • Shell — Shell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shelling}.] 1. To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell oysters. [1913 Webster] 2. To separate the kernels of (an ear of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shell — Shell, v. i. 1. To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling. [1913 Webster] 3. To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Shell — [ʃɛl] die; , s <aus gleichbed. engl. shell, eigtl. »Schale, Hülle«>: 1. Benutzeroberfläche eines Betriebssystems (von Computern; EDV). 2. ↑Expertensystem, das noch nicht od. nicht mehr mit Fakten od. Regeln eines bestimmten Gebiets gefüllt… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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