hull

1 [huhl]
noun
1.
the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit.
2.
the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry.
3.
any covering or envelope.
verb (used with object)
4.
to remove the hull of.
5.
Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans).

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hulu husk, pod; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, Latin cēlāre to hide, conceal, Greek kalýptein to cover up (see apocalypse). See hall, hell, hole

huller, noun


1. skin, pod, peel, rind, shuck.
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hull

2 [huhl]
noun
1.
the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.
2.
Aeronautics.
a.
the boatlike fuselage of a flying boat on which the plane lands or takes off.
b.
the cigar-shaped arrangement of girders enclosing the gasbag of a rigid dirigible.
verb (used with object)
3.
to pierce (the hull of a ship), especially below the water line.
verb (used without object)
4.
to drift without power or sails.
Idioms
5.
hull down, (of a ship) sufficiently far away, or below the horizon, that the hull is invisible.
6.
hull up, (of a ship) sufficiently near, or above the horizon, that the hull is visible.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; special use of hull1

hull-less, adjective

Hull

[huhl]
noun
1.
Cordell [kawr-del, kawr-del] , 1871–1955, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1933–44; Nobel peace Prize 1945.
2.
Robert Marvin ("Bobby") born 1939, Canadian ice-hockey player.
3.
William, 1753–1825, U.S. general.
4.
Official name Kingston-upon-Hull. a seaport in Humberside, in E England, on the Humber River.
5.
a city in SE Canada, on the Ottawa River opposite Ottawa.
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hull (hʌl)
 
n
1.  the main body of a vessel, tank, flying boat, etc
2.  the shell or pod of peas or beans; the outer covering of any fruit or seed; husk
3.  the persistent calyx at the base of a strawberry, raspberry, or similar fruit
4.  the outer casing of a missile, rocket, etc
 
vb
5.  to remove the hulls from (fruit or seeds)
6.  (tr) to pierce the hull of (a vessel, tank, etc)
 
[Old English hulu; related to Old High German helawa, Old English helan to hide]
 
'huller
 
n
 
'hull-less
 
adj

Hull1 (hʌl)
 
n
1.  a city and port in NE England, in Kingston upon Hull unitary authority, East Riding of Yorkshire: fishing, food processing; two universities. Pop: 301 416 (2001). Official name: Kingston upon Hull
2.  a city in SE Canada, in SW Quebec on the River Ottawa: a centre of the timber trade and associated industries. Pop: 66 246 (2001)

Hull2 (hʌl)
 
n
Cordell. 1871--1955, US statesman; secretary of state (1933-- 44). He helped to found the U.N.: Nobel peace prize 1945

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hull
"seed covering," from O.E. hulu, from P.Gmc. *khulus "to cover" (cf. O.H.G. hulla, hulsa). The verb was in M.E.; hulled can mean both "having a particular kind of hull" and "stripped of the hull."

hull
"body of a ship," 1571, perhaps from hull (1) on fancied resemblance of ship keels to open peapods (cf. L. carina "keel of a ship," originally "shell of a nut;" Gk. phaselus "light passenger ship, yacht," lit. "bean pod;" Fr. coque "hull of a ship, shell of a walnut or egg"). Alternative etymology is
from M.E. hoole "ship's keel" (c.1440), from the same source as hold (n.).
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hull   (hŭl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk.

  2. The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached.


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Example sentences
He said the boat's hull was too thin and the backing plate that attaches the
  keel to the hull was too narrow.
He could read how far he was from shore, and its direction, by the feel of the
  swell against the hull.
The hull of a wrecked boat sits on a beach at sunset.
Hitchhiking on the surface of a boat hull can be a rough ride, but barnacles
  seem to do it with ease.
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