- the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit.
- the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry.
- any covering or envelope.
- to remove the hull of.
- Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans).
Origin of hull1
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- the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.
- the boatlike fuselage of a flying boat on which the plane lands or takes off.
- the cigar-shaped arrangement of girders enclosing the gasbag of a rigid dirigible.
- to pierce (the hull of a ship), especially below the water line.
- to drift without power or sails.
- hull down, (of a ship) sufficiently far away, or below the horizon, that the hull is invisible.
- hull up, (of a ship) sufficiently near, or above the horizon, that the hull is visible.
Origin of hull2
- Cor·dell [kawr-del, kawr-del] /ˈkɔr dɛl, kɔrˈdɛl/, 1871–1955, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1933–44; Nobel Peace Prize 1945.
- Robert MarvinBobby, born 1939, Canadian ice-hockey player.
- William,1753–1825, U.S. general.
- Official name Kingston-upon-Hull. a seaport in Humberside, in E England, on the Humber River.
- a city in SE Canada, on the Ottawa River opposite Ottawa.
Examples from the Web for hull
Four of them carried a thick black nylon body bag, two to a side, and loaded it into the middle of the hull.
Jimbo and I walked up its ramp and into the hull, which looked like the gutted inside of a school bus.
Meanwhile, the rest of hull is wide at the waterline and slopes inward.Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?
October 22, 2014
Having received a patent on the technology in 1986, Hull founded 3D Systems to commercialize his discoveries.
“When some of those surgeries were first done using the help of our technology, it was really touching for me,” as Hull put it.
It was like a ship with too many masts and sails and too small a hull.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
In 1658, he was selected by his townsmen of Hull to represent them in Parliament.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The tug's hull was practically filled with a maze of machinery.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
No knife, no rocket pistol, no line with magnet for securing oneself to a hull.Satellite System
Horace Brown Fyfe
In the initial stages of building, the hull was upside down.The Migrations of an American Boat Type
Howard I. Chapelle
- the main body of a vessel, tank, flying boat, etc
- the shell or pod of peas or beans; the outer covering of any fruit or seed; husk
- the persistent calyx at the base of a strawberry, raspberry, or similar fruit
- the outer casing of a missile, rocket, etc
- to remove the hulls from (fruit or seeds)
- (tr) to pierce the hull of (a vessel, tank, etc)
- a city and port in NE England, in Kingston upon Hull unitary authority, East Riding of Yorkshire: fishing, food processing; two universities. Pop: 301 416 (2001). Official name: Kingston upon Hull
- a city in SE Canada, in SW Quebec on the River Ottawa: a centre of the timber trade and associated industries. Pop: 66 246 (2001)
- Cordell. 1871–1955, US statesman; secretary of state (1933–44). He helped to found the U.N.: Nobel peace prize 1945
Word Origin and History for hull
"seed covering," from Old English hulu "husk, pod," from Proto-Germanic *hulus "to cover" (cf. Old High German hulla, hulsa; German Hülle, Hülse, Dutch huls). Figurative use by 1831.
"body of a ship," 1550s, perhaps from hull (n.1) on fancied resemblance of ship keels to open peapods (cf. Latin carina "keel of a ship," originally "shell of a nut;" Greek phaselus "light passenger ship, yacht," literally "bean pod;" French coque "hull of a ship; shell of a walnut or egg"). Alternative etymology is from Middle English hoole "ship's keel" (mid-15c.), from the same source as hold (n.).
"to remove the husk of," early 15c., from hull (n.1). Related: Hulled, which can mean both "having a particular kind of hull" and "stripped of the hull."
- The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk.
- The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached.