• WordNet 3.6
    • n nutshell the shell around the kernel of a nut
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Italy, it is illegal to make coffins out of anything except nutshells or wood.
    • Nutshell (Zoöl) A shell of the genus Nucula.
    • Nutshell Hence, a thing of little compass, or of little value.
    • Nutshell The shell or hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is inclosed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nutshell The hard shell which forms the covering of the kernel of a nut: used proverbially for anything of small content or of little value.
    • n nutshell A bivalve mollusk of the family Nuculidæ; a nutlet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nutshell the hard substance that encloses the kernel of a nut: anything of little value
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.”
  • Stan Dunn
    Stan Dunn
    “And that's the world in a nutshell, which is an appropriate receptacle.”


In a nutshell - This idiom is used to introduce a concise summary.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hnutu; Ice. hnot, Dut. noot, Ger. nuss.


In literature:

They asked, too, a riddle: 'An a nutshell from Candlemas loved a merry bud in March, how should it come to pleasure and content?
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
The villagers, backed by the soldiers and fronted by Meeus, formed a picture which was the whole Congo administration in a nutshell.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
That's the whole thing in a nutshell.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
May be called a historical romance in a nutshell.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
So there's the whole bally story in a nutshell.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
To put the matter in a nutshell, I have already spent roughly a hundred and twenty pounds in this worthy cause!
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
There's the whole case in a nutshell, Stanninghame.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
That's the position, in a nutshell.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
There is the whole thing in a nutshell.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
Look here, dear, here's the whole thing in a nutshell.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke

In poetry:

And before long - such little ones,
on a nutshell standing,
we'll sail against the seasons
as if to spite water rings.
"A Melody" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
"Make the walls of nutshells matching
The Carpathians in height;
Out of Jews' beards make the thatching
And pack popy seed on tight."
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz

In news:

If people want to see what is wrong with this country in a nutshell, drive over to Kahle Drive and watch them pave over the meadow to build a bike path right next to a road that hasn't been paved in 10 years.
The USC Trojans came into Saturday's game against Colorado hoping to find some momentum for an offense that had, in a nutshell, been struggling to meet their standard.
This is definitely something in a nutshell.
The Great Danes and Dizzy Feast play at The Nutshell on October 5.
Firefighters help make this story good news in a nutshell .
On Independence Day in a nutshell .
In a nutshell , what's the risk of a US recession in the next year.
The Old Testament In A Nutshell .
"Life in a nutshell " by Francis Wong.
Hempseed oil in a nutshell .
Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.
Warren Price spent six months building a Nutshell Pram.
In a nutshell Passive smoking is responsible for 40 sudden infant deaths each year, according to a new report.
That is pretty much it in a nutshell.
The Fiduciary Debate in a Nutshell.

In science:

In a nutshell, our experimental comparison shows that predictors based on our online algorithm compare well to all baselines while being very efficient in most cases.
Random Spanning Trees and the Prediction of Weighted Graphs
In a nutshell, the idea is to use the sequence ~x to choose the settings of a Bell experiment and consider the outcomes your new sequence ~y .
Amplification of arbitrarily weak randomness
In a nutshell, then, the idea is to add to the moduli space of Landau–Ginzburg theories new directions by adding c = 0 theories.
Novel Flows beteen N=2 Landau-Ginzburg Theories: New Directions in Moduli Space via c=0 Theories
Each of these formulas contains trigonometry in a nutshell, but to unveil explicitly the trigonometric equations, it is better to start from the basic trigonometric identity.
Trigonometry of spacetimes: a new self-dual approach to a curvature/signature (in)dependent trigonometry
In a nutshell, each uses a different selection of the available body of experimental data to determine the πN partial wave amplitudes in the physical region.
Goldstone boson-nucleon dynamics: Working group summary and outlook