Synonyms of shell


1. shell, ammunition, ammo

usage: ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun

2. shell, animal material

usage: the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

3. carapace, shell, cuticle, shield, scute

usage: hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

4. shell, hull

usage: the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

5. shell, eggshell, covering, natural covering, cover

usage: the exterior covering of a bird's egg

6. shell, covering, natural covering, cover

usage: a rigid covering that envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"

7. shell, racing shell, racing boat

usage: a very light narrow racing boat

8. shell, case, casing, housing

usage: the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"

9. plate, scale, shell, shield

usage: a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

10. shell, covering, natural covering, cover

usage: the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod


1. blast, shell, bombard, bomb

usage: use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"

2. blast, shell, make, create

usage: create by using explosives; "blast a passage through the mountain"

3. shell, emerge

usage: fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled"

4. shell, hit

usage: hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"

5. shell, gather

usage: look for and collect shells by the seashore

6. beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish, get the better of, overcome, defeat

usage: 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"

7. shell, remove, take, take away, withdraw

usage: remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes"; "shell mussels"

8. husk, shell, remove, take, take away, withdraw

usage: remove the husks from; "husk corn"

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Definition and meaning of shell (Dictionary)