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Meaning of hull

hull

Pronunciation: (hul), [key]
— n.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to remove the hull of.
  2. to shell (peas or beans).

hull

Pronunciation: (hul), [key]
— n.
  1. the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.
    1. the boatlike fuselage of a flying boat on which the plane lands or takes off.
    2. the cigar-shaped arrangement of girders enclosing the gasbag of a rigid dirigible.
  2. (of a ship) sufficiently far away, or below the horizon, that the hull is invisible.
  3. (of a ship) sufficiently near, or above the horizon, that the hull is visible.
—v.t.
  1. to pierce (the hull of a ship), esp. below the water line.
—v.i.
  1. to drift without power or sails.

Hull

Pronunciation: (hul), [key]
— n.
  1. 1871–1955, U.S. statesman: Secretary of State 1933–44; Nobel peace prize 1945.
  2. (Bobby), born 1939, Canadian ice-hockey player.
  3. 1753–1825, U.S. general.
  4. Official name,a seaport in Humberside, in E England, on the Humber River. 279,700.
  5. a city in SE Canada, on the Ottawa River opposite Ottawa. 61,039.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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