hull

                    noun
                    \ ?h?l How to pronounce hull (audio) \

                    Definition of hull

                     (Entry 1 of 7)

                    1a : the outer covering of a fruit or seed
                    b : the persistent calyx or involucre that subtends some fruits (such as a strawberry)
                    2a : the frame or body of a ship or boat exclusive of masts, yards, sails, and rigging
                    b : the main body of a usually large or heavy craft or vehicle (such as an airship or tank)

                    hull

                    verb
                    hulled; hulling; hulls

                    Definition of hull (Entry 2 of 7)

                    transitive verb

                    : to remove the hulls of : shuck

                    Hull

                    biographical name (1)
                    \ ?h?l How to pronounce Hull (audio) \

                    Definition of Hull (Entry 3 of 7)

                    Cordell 1871–1955 American statesman; Secretary of State (1933–44)

                    Hull

                    biographical name (2)

                    Definition of Hull (Entry 4 of 7)

                    Isaac 1773–1843 American naval officer

                    Hull

                    biographical name (3)

                    Definition of Hull (Entry 5 of 7)

                    Bobby 1939–???? Robert Marvin Hull Canadian ice hockey player

                    Hull

                    biographical name (4)

                    Definition of Hull (Entry 6 of 7)

                    William 1753–1825 American general

                    Hull

                    geographical name
                    \ ?h?l How to pronounce Hull (audio) \

                    Definition of Hull (Entry 7 of 7)

                    1 or in full Kingston upon Hull \ ?ki?-​st?n How to pronounce Kingston upon Hull (audio) \ city and port on the Humber River in eastern England population 242,200
                    2 former town in southwestern Quebec, Canada, on the Ottawa River

                    Note: Hull is now part of the town of Gatineau.

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                    Other Words from hull

                    Noun

                    hull-less \ ?h?l-​l?s How to pronounce hull-less (audio) \ adjective

                    Verb

                    huller noun

                    Examples of hull in a Sentence

                    Noun

                    the coffin was placed in a cement hull

                    Verb

                    hull the pinto beans before adding them

                    Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

                    The industry has agreed to cut greenhouse emissions in half by 2050, a far costlier exercise that will involve new hull designs and hybrid propulsion systems. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Singapore Ready to Supply Clean Ship Fuel," 9 Apr. 2019 All of the hulls are currently in construction somewhere around the world. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Finalists to Be the U.S. Navy’s Newest Frigate," 20 Feb. 2018 The force of the collision left multiple punctures in the ship’s starboard hull. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 Last week, what is believed to be a centuries-old ship’s hull washed up on South Ponte Vedra Beach in Guana State Park, north of St. Augustine, Florida. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Centuries-Old Shipwreck Washes Up in Florida," 2 Apr. 2018 Two cranes collapsed during the sinking, with one crashing onto the Kuznetsov and leaving a large gash in its hull. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018 The lawsuit cites an August 2017 report from private inspector Steve Paul , who warned Ripley Entertainment that the vessels’ engines — and pumps that remove water from their hulls — were susceptible to failing in bad weather. Margaret Stafford, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit filed in fatal duck boat sinking seeks $100 million," 31 July 2018 The report warned Ripley Entertainment that the vessels' engines — and pumps that remove water from their hulls — were susceptible to failing in bad weather. Fox News, "Lawsuit filed in deadly Missouri duck boat sinking seeks $100 million," 30 July 2018 What if his great project were hull-gashed and sinking? Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did Chivalry Go Down With the Titanic?," 14 Dec. 2018

                    Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

                    Heap remaining whole, hulled berries into a blender. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Re-create Popsicle dreams with fresh strawberries — and powerful boost from freeze-dried version," 11 July 2018 Eventually, the bean gets dried down, hulled and prepared for roasting. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018 Purée hulled strawberries, mint leaves, lime juice, agave nectar, rose water (if using), and 2 cups cold water in a blender until smooth. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Strawberry-Rose Agua Fresca," 28 May 2018 Built in Philadelphia, steel-hulled and immense, the Cyclops splashed in as the Navy’s biggest, fastest fuel ship. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 The futuristic trimaran – three-hulled – ship is the fifth warship to carry the Cincinnati name. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "New USS Cincinnati Navy ship will be christened Saturday," 2 May 2018 Instead of the twin-hulled foiling catamarans used in Bermuda, the 2021 Cup finals in Auckland will be held in 75-feet foiling monohull yachts. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Ben Ainslie strikes $153m deal to fund second America's Cup bid," 26 Apr. 2018 Built in Philadelphia, steel-hulled and immense, the Cyclops splashed in as the Navy’s biggest, fastest fuel ship. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 Built in Philadelphia, steel-hulled and immense, the Cyclops splashed in as the Navy’s biggest, fastest fuel ship. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018

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                    First Known Use of hull

                    Noun

                    before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

                    Verb

                    14th century, in the meaning defined above

                    History and Etymology for hull

                    Noun

                    Middle English holle, hulle, going back to Old English hulu, apparently going back to a by-form (without umlaut) of Germanic *huljō (whence Old High German hulla "outer garment," Middle High German hülle), nominal derivative from *hulj-a- "to cover" (whence Old Saxon bihullean "to veil, conceal," Old High German hullan "to cover," Old Norse hylja "to hide, cover," Gothic huljan "to cover, veil"), going back to Indo-European *?l?-i?e-, present stem formed from the verbal base *?el- "cover, conceal" — more at conceal

                    Note: The sense "frame or body of a ship," first attested with certainty ca. 1424-25 in a Latin document, is apparently a figurative use of the sense "husk, pod"; cf. Bertil Sandahl, Middle English Sea Terms I. The Ship's Hull (Uppsala, 1951), pp. 194-95.

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                    hull

                    noun

                    English Language Learners Definition of hull

                     (Entry 1 of 2)

                    : the main part of a ship or boat : the deck, sides, and bottom of a ship or boat
                    : the outer covering of a fruit, grain, or seed

                    hull

                    verb

                    English Language Learners Definition of hull (Entry 2 of 2)

                    : to remove the outer covering of (a fruit or seed)

                    hull

                    noun
                    \ ?h?l How to pronounce hull (audio) \

                    Kids Definition of hull

                     (Entry 1 of 2)

                    1 : the outside covering of a fruit or seed
                    2 : the frame or body of a ship or boat

                    hull

                    verb
                    hulled; hulling

                    Kids Definition of hull (Entry 2 of 2)

                    : to remove the outer covering of (a fruit or seed) hull peas

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