Origin of shelled
- any of up to seven energy levels on which an electron may exist within an atom, the energies of the electrons on the same level being equal and on different levels being unequal.
- a group of nucleons of approximately the same energy.
- a scab on the surface of an ingot.
- a length of unfinished tubing.
- a pierced forging.
- a hollow object made by deep drawing.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of shell
Related Words for shelledcapsule, husk, skin, bomb, plunder, rob, assault, bombard, blockade, harass, ransack, storm, loot, invade, overrun, swoop, strafe, differ, raid, destroy
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Contemporary Examples of shelled
Once, during the war, he shelled out the cash to hire a band on Christmas Day.How George Washington Celebrated Christmas
December 25, 2013
[Fashionista] The Gap Buys Intermix: Gap Inc has shelled out $130 million to purchase high-end retail chain, Intermix.Lena Dunham Loves Free Clothes, Chanel’s Teen Model Debut
The Fashion Beast Team
January 3, 2013
Ankara shelled targets in Syria after an errant shell from Syrian forces killed Turkish citizens Wednesday.Turkey Fires Across Border After Syrian Shelling Kills Five Turkish Civilians
October 4, 2012
Romney shelled out an effective rate of 13.8 percent in taxes on an income of $21.7 million in 2010.Romney Asked VP Shortlisters for Ten Years of Tax Returns
September 13, 2012
Between 9/11 and the 2009 bill, America shelled out $15 billion.What If the U.S. Cuts Off Aid to Pakistan?
David A. Graham
May 4, 2011
Historical Examples of shelled
Then she went down to the arbour where she had shelled peas only that morning.The Incomplete Amorist
Were they to stay there and be shelled all day, without a chance to see anything of the fighting?The Downfall
Suppose we go and sit, by way of a change, on the fortifications and get shelled at.Recollections
David Christie Murray
We were shelled all the morning, but had no serious casualties.The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade
Edward Lord Gleichen
When the corn was shelled, the cobs were not carelessly discarded or disregarded.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- a class of electron orbits in an atom in which the electrons have the same principal quantum number and orbital angular momentum quantum number and differences in their energy are small compared with differences in energy between shells
- an analogous energy state of nucleons in certain theories (shell models) of the structure of the atomic nucleus
Word Origin for shell
Old English sciell, scill, Anglian scell "seashell, eggshell," related to Old English scealu "shell, husk," from Proto-Germanic *skaljo "piece cut off; shell; scale" (cf. West Frisian skyl "peel, rind," Middle Low German schelle "pod, rind, egg shell," Gothic skalja "tile"), with the shared notion of "covering that splits off," from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave" (cf. Old Church Slavonic skolika "shell," Russian skala "bark, rind;" see scale (n.1)). Italian scaglia "chip" is from Germanic.
Sense of "mere exterior" is from 1650s; that of "hollow framework" is from 1791. Meaning "structure for a band or orchestra" is attested from 1938. Military use (1640s) was first of hand grenades, in reference to the metal case in which the gunpowder and shot were mixed; the notion is of a "hollow object" filled with explosives. Hence shell shock, first recorded 1915. Shell game "a swindle" is from 1890, from a version of three-card monte played with a pea and walnut shells.
1560s, "to remove (a nut, etc.) from a shell," from shell (n.). The meaning "to bombard with shells" is first attested 1856. To shell out "disburse" (1801) is a figurative use from the image of extracting nuts. Related: Shelled; shelling.
- The usually hard outer covering of certain animals, such as mollusks, insects, and turtles.
- The hard outer covering of a bird's egg.
- The hard outer covering of a seed, nut, or fruit.
- A set of electron orbitals that have nearly the same energy. Electrons in outer shells have greater energy than those in shells closer to the nucleus. Elements in the Periodic Table range from the lightest elements with electrons normally occupying one shell (hydrogen and helium) to the heaviest, with electrons in seven shells (radium and uranium, for instance). See more at atomic spectrum orbital subshell. See Note at metal.
- Any of the stable states of other particles or collections of particles (such as the nucleons in an atomic nucleus) at a given energy or small range of energies.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shell
- shell out
- in one's shell