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1. shell  (noun) 
hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

  Also known as: carapace, cuticle

  More Specific:
cuticula - the outer body wall of an insect

  Part Meronym:
    mollusk     mollusc     shellfish     arthropod     turtle

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2. shell  (noun) 
the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc

  More Specific:
scallop shell - a shell of a scallop
oyster shell - a shell of an oyster
phragmocone / phragmacone - the thin conical chambered internal shell (either straight or curved) of a belemnite
seashell - the shell of a marine organism
clamshell - the shell of a clam

  More Generic:
    covering     natural covering     cover

3. shell  (noun) 
a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

  Also known as: plate, scale

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armor plate / armour plate / armor plating / plate armor / plate armour - specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
horseshoe / shoe - U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse''s hoof
shell plating - the plates covering the frame of a steel ship and corresponding to the planking of a wooden ship

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4. shell  (noun) 
ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun

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artillery shell - a shell fired by artillery
shotgun shell - a shell containing lead shot
shrapnel - shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight
tank shell - a shell fired by the cannon on a tank
whizbang / whizzbang - a small high-velocity shell

  More Generic:
    ammunition     ammo

5. shell  (noun) 
the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"

  Also known as: case, casing

  More Specific:
boot - protective casing for something that resembles a leg
gearbox / gear case - the shell (metal casing) in which a train of gears is sealed
jacket - the tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition

  Part Meronym:
    grandfather clock     longcase clock

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6. shell  (noun) 
a very light narrow racing boat

  Also known as: racing shell

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racing skiff / single shell - a shell for a single oarsman
scull - a racing shell propelled by one or two oarsmen pulling two oars

  More Generic:
    racing boat

7. shell  (noun) 
a rigid covering that envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"

  More Generic:
    covering     natural covering     cover

8. shell  (noun) 
the exterior covering of a bird''s egg

  Also known as: eggshell

  Part Meronym:
    egg     eggs

  More Generic:
    covering     natural covering     cover

9. shell  (noun) 
the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

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nutshell - the shell around the kernel of a nut

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10. shell  (noun) 
the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

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mother-of-pearl / nacre - the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell

  More Generic:
    animal material

  Substitute Meronym:
    carapace     shell     cuticle

11. shell  (verb) 
remove the husks from; "husk corn"

  Also known as: husk

  More Generic:
    remove     take     take away     withdraw

12. shell  (verb) 
remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes"; "shell mussels"

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pod - take something out of its shell or pod

  More Generic:
    remove     take     take away     withdraw

13. shell  (verb) 
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

  Also known as: beat, beat out, crush, trounce, vanquish


  More Specific:
outpoint / outscore - score more points than one''s opponents
walk over - beat easily
eliminate - remove from a contest or race
worst / pip / mop up / whip / rack up - defeat thoroughly
whomp - beat overwhelmingly
spread-eagle / spreadeagle / rout - defeat disastrously
get the jump - be there first
cheat / chouse / shaft / screw / chicane / jockey - defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
surpass / outstrip / outmatch / outgo / exceed / outdo / surmount / outperform - be or do something to a greater degree
outdo / outflank / trump / best / scoop - get the better of
outfight - to fight better than
overpower / overmaster / overwhelm - overcome by superior force
checkmate / mate - place an opponent''s king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
immobilize / immobilise - make defenseless
outplay - excel or defeat in a game
bat / clobber / drub / thrash / lick - beat thoroughly in a competition or fight

  More Generic:
    get the better of     overcome     defeat

  Verb Group:
    outwit     overreach     outsmart     outfox     beat     circumvent

14. shell  (verb) 
use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"

  Also known as: blast

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crump - bombard with heavy shells

  More Generic:
    bombard     bomb

15. shell  (verb) 
look for and collect shells by the seashore

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16. shell  (verb) 
hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"

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17. shell  (verb) 
fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled"

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