- 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
- (of a ship) having its hull concealed by the horizon
- (of a tank) having only its turret visible
- 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 down
"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.