from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Groats; hulled oats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

    March 5, 2011

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

    September 10, 2014