from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The shell of a cockle.
- n. A shell similar to that of a cockle.
- n. Nautical A small light boat.
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- n. The shell of a cockle (or similar shell)
- n. A small, flimsy boat
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the shells or valves of a cockle.
- n. A light boat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The shell of the cockle, especially the common cockle, Cardium edule. See cut under cockle.
- n. A representation of a cockle, serving, instead of the shell itself, as the badge and attribute of a pilgrim: in heraldry, same as scallop.
- n. A cockboat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small light flimsy boat
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There is a moment when the kitten pounces on the unsuspecting dragonfly, when the lost cockleshell is found and the little girl in a yellow bathing suit drains the seawater back into the sea … the noose comes tight against his throat.
The only other items in the grave were bay and willow leaves and a single pierced cockleshell.
As she was in the habit of obeying his commands very literally, and as a few hours after he left Lisbon a little cockleshell of a steamer came in, she embarked in this most unseaworthy boat the afternoon of the same day, though she had no proper accommodation for passengers.
A high sea ran, and the light boat dived, and soared, and fell again, dancing like a cockleshell.
Sheer senseless destruction to send in a cockleshell like the JERVIS BAY against the might of a pocket battleship, a folly and a bravado, that amounted to nothing less than madness.
There were three of them astern of us, cockleshell rowing boats, with three soldiers - Germans, I thought - in each, every one life-jacketed and armed to the teeth - as wicked looking a boarding party as I'd seen for a long time.
Those who had dared to pit this cockleshell against the unleashed might of the Vilayet could do naught but cling and wait.
And in the morning there was a cockleshell of a boat oared in by one of the men who had found it downriver.
In our impatience to land, I and my friend left the schooner in a cockleshell of a boat, which upset in the surge, and we found ourselves floundering in the water.
Therefore she knelt in a cockleshell alone on a rushing river and sped through, a wilderness into appalling danger.