from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of shell.
  • n. An artillery bombardment
  • n. The removal of the shell from a nut, pea etc.
  • n. grain from which the husk has been removed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Groats; hulled oats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of removing the shell.
  • n. The act of bombarding a place.
  • n. A commercial name for groats.

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

  • n. the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • See the extended discussion of "shelling" as a military punishment in the comments under rigadoon.

    September 10, 2014

  • I was shelling pecans today, to grind up and put in an apple/pear spice cake and creamed cheese rolade.

    March 5, 2011