6. An instrument of music, as a lyre, the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings
over a tortoise shell.
When Jubal struck the chorded shell.Dryden.
7. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
8. pl. The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa,
9. (Naut.) The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
10. A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
Message shell, a bombshell inside of which papers may be put, in order to convey messages. Shell
bit, a tool shaped like a gouge, used with a brace in boring wood. See Bit, n., 3. Shell button.
(a) A button made of shell. (b) A hollow button made of two pieces, as of metal, one for the front and
the other for the back, often covered with cloth, silk, etc. Shell cameo, a cameo cut in shell
instead of stone. Shell flower. (Bot.) Same as Turtlehead. Shell gland. (Zoöl.) (a) A glandular
organ in which the rudimentary shell is formed in embryonic mollusks. (b) A glandular organ which
secretes the eggshells of various worms, crustacea, mollusks, etc. Shell gun, a cannon suitable
for throwing shells. Shell ibis (Zoöl.), the openbill of India. Shell jacket, an undress military
jacket. Shell lime, lime made by burning the shells of shellfish. Shell marl (Min.), a kind of
marl characterized by an abundance of shells, or fragments of shells. Shell meat, food consisting
of shellfish, or testaceous mollusks. Fuller. Shell mound. See under Mound. Shell of a
boiler, the exterior of a steam boiler, forming a case to contain the water and steam, often inclosing
also flues and the furnace; the barrel of a cylindrical, or locomotive, boiler. Shell road, a road of
which the surface or bed is made of shells, as oyster shells. Shell sand, minute fragments of shells
constituting a considerable part of the seabeach in some places.
(Shell), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shelled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shelling.]
1. To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell
2. To separate the kernels of (an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats, etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk.
3. To throw shells or bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town.
To shell out, to distribute freely; to bring out or pay, as money. [Colloq.]
(Shell), v. i.
1. To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc.
2. To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling.
3. To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye shells in reaping.