Meaning of 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.
  1. to remove the hull of.
  2. to shell (peas or beans).


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.
  1. to pierce (the hull of a ship), esp. below the water line.
  1. to drift without power or sails.


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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