Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Phosphorescence from decayed straw, etc., or touchwood.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Videos distributed by human rights activists show black smoke over the city center and fires burning as shell-fire crackled in the background.

    Syrian Tanks Roll Into Cities as Security Crackdown Kills At Least 20

  • Bullets from rifles would not have worried him, but this shell-fire was abominable.

    Koolau the Leper

  • The shell-fire still continued, but he remained; for far below he could see the soldiers climbing up.

    Koolau the Leper

  • The shell-fire had been too terrible, and they had preferred the prison of Molokai.

    Koolau the Leper

  • He had had no experience with shell-fire, and this was more dreadful than anything he had imagined.

    Koolau the Leper

  • I ain't hell-bent nowhere exceptin 'to get away from the shell-fire.

    WHOSE BUSINESS IS TO LIVE

  • But it was given to him to know shell-fire before he died.

    CHAPTER XIX

  • Somo because Nalasu was dead, and the terrible shell-fire passed quickly into the past of his consciousness, while the present became vivid after the way of the present.

    CHAPTER XIX

  • Jerry, who had never heard shell-fire, much less imagined what it was like, was impressed with the awfulness of it.

    CHAPTER XIX

  • He had heard vague talk of what had happened in the matter of shell-fire in other villages, but he had no conception of it save that it must be, bullets on a larger scale than Snider bullets that could be fired correspondingly longer distances through the air.

    CHAPTER XIX

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