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Definition of shell verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shell

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃel//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shell
    BrE BrE//ʃel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃel//
     
    he / she / it shells
    BrE BrE//ʃelz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃelz//
     
    past simple shelled
    BrE BrE//ʃeld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeld//
     
    past participle shelled
    BrE BrE//ʃeld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeld//
     
    -ing form shelling
    BrE BrE//ˈʃelɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] shell (something) to fire shells at something They shelled the city all night. Just as they were leaving, the rebels started shelling. See related entries: Conflict
  2. 2[transitive] shell something to remove the shell or covering from nuts, peas, etc.
  3. Word Origin Old English scell (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schel ‘scale, shell’, also to scale ‘thin plates that cover the skin of many fish and reptiles’. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent. in sense (2). Phrasal Verbsshell out (for something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shell