- the shell of a clam.
- an object that has two hinged parts and that opens and closes like a clamshell, as a laptop computer or a box with a cover joined on one side: This clamshell is lightweight, convenient, and as powerful as my desktop computer.
- Also called clamshell bucket.a dredging bucket opening at the bottom, consisting of two similar pieces hinged together at the top.
- a machine equipped with such a bucket.
- Printing. a platen press.
- of or noting an object that opens and closes like a clamshell: a clamshell phone; clamshell packaging.
Origin of clamshell
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Examples from the Web for clam-shell
The flies were the Philistines, and I took a clam-shell for the jaw-bone; it did just as well.Captain January
Laura E. Richards
She watched him while he tried to break a clam-shell between the two rocks.Claire
Leslie Burton Blades
Though he drank and drank again from the water which he had brought in the clam-shell, no quantity seemed to assuage his thirst.
He stretched out his hand towards the clam-shell which had contained his stock of water, but it was empty.
The pebbles for the concrete were delivered by contract and were unloaded from scows by clam-shell bucket into a hopper.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
- mainly US a dredging bucket that is hinged like the shell of a clam
- an aircraft cockpit canopy hinged at the front and rear
- the hinged door of a cargo aircraft
- another name for eyelid (def. 2)
- any of a variety of objects hinged like the shell of a clam, such as a container for takeaway food, a portable computer, etc
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Word Origin and History for clam-shell
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