Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk.
  • n. The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached.
  • n. Nautical The frame or body of a ship, exclusive of masts, engines, or superstructure.
  • n. The main body of various other large vehicles, such as a tank, airship, or flying boat.
  • n. The outer casing of a rocket, guided missile, or spaceship.
  • transitive v. To remove the hulls of (fruit or seeds).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The outer covering of a fruit or seed
  • v. To remove the outer covering of a fruit or seed.
  • n. The body or frame of a vessel such as a ship or plane
  • v. to drift; to be carried by the impetus of wind or water on the ship's hull alone, with sails furled
  • v. to hit (a ship) in the hull with cannon fire etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The outer covering of anything, particularly of a nut or of grain; the outer skin of a kernel; the husk.
  • n. The frame or body of a vessel, exclusive of her masts, yards, sails, and rigging.
  • intransitive v. To toss or drive on the water, like the hull of a ship without sails.
  • transitive v. To strip off or separate the hull or hulls of; to free from integument.
  • transitive v. To pierce the hull of, as a ship, with a cannon ball.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strip off the hull or hulls of: as, to hull grain; to hull strawberries.
  • To strip off.
  • To strike or pierce the hull of (a ship) with a cannon-ball.
  • To float or drift on the water, as the hull of a ship without the aid of sails.
  • A variant of hill.
  • To shell (oysters).
  • n. An outer covering, particularly of a nut or of grain; a husk.
  • n. Synonyms Husk, etc. See skin, n.
  • n. The frame or body of a ship, exclusive of her masts, yards, and rigging.
  • n. Hence— In sporting, so far behind as to stand no chance of winning.
  • n. A hovel; a pen; a sty.
  • n. Holly.
  • n. A dialectal pronunciation of whole, common in New England.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the frame or body of ship
  • n. persistent enlarged calyx at base of e.g. a strawberry or raspberry
  • n. dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut
  • n. United States naval officer who commanded the `Constitution' during the War of 1812 and won a series of brilliant victories against the British (1773-1843)
  • v. remove the hulls from
  • n. a large fishing port in northeastern England
  • n. United States diplomat who did the groundwork for creating the United Nations (1871-1955)

Etymologies

Middle English hulle, husk, from Old English hulu.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English hul ("seed covering"), from Old English hulu ("seed covering"), from Proto-Germanic *hulus (compare German Hülle, Hülse ("cover, veil")), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *kal- (“hard”) (compare Old Irish calad, calath ("hard"), Latin callus, callum ("rough skin"), Old Church Slavonic калити (kaliti, "to cool, harden"), Albanian akull ("ice")). For the sense development, compare French coque ("nutshell; ship's hull"), Ancient Greek φάσηλος (phasēlos, "bean pod; yacht"). (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain; perhaps the same word as Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)

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