shelling

Definitions

  • The shell hole Central
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shelling the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target "they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops","the shelling went on for hours without pausing"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Caught by a star shell Caught by a star shell
Showing ornate shell-shaped, floral and leaf patterns, and figures Showing ornate shell-shaped, floral and leaf patterns, and figures
A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making...
Making lime from oyster shells in a kiln, about 1625. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Making lime from oyster shells in a kiln, about 1625. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Julia sings her song into the shell Julia sings her song into the shell
Alonzo listens to the song in the shell Alonzo listens to the song in the shell
The prince waits on the Lady of the Shell The prince waits on the Lady of the Shell
Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Macadamia nuts are not sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell
    • n Shelling Groats; hulled oats.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A mother hen turns her egg approximately 50 times in a day. This is so the yolk does not stick to the shell
    • n shelling The act of removing the shell.
    • n shelling The act of bombarding a place.
    • n shelling A commercial name for groats.
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Quotations

  • Marshall Mcluhan
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    “The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.”
  • Bill Copeland
    Bill Copeland
    “Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell”
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    “Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
  • Sri Ramakrishna
    Sri Ramakrishna
    “Dislodging a green nut from it's shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.”
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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    “One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few and they are more beautiful if they are a few.”

Idioms

Come out of your shell - If someone comes out of their shell, they stop being shy and withdrawn and become more friendly and sociable.
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Usage

In literature:

The shell is, however, a shell of chilled steel.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Shells were falling into it from the Prussian batteries, and, as well as I could make out, our forts were shelling it too.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Shells of all sizes flew hissing through the skies.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
The enemy had left abundant live shells, shell-cases, cartridge-cases.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
Having taken his gun from its case, Merriwell put it together, and opened a box of loaded shells, which he placed on the ground.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
The shell disappeared in the waves about one hundred yards ahead of the Japanese steamer.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
It is rather funny to see the explosion of a shell, while you apparently hear the shell just going over your head.
"Letters from France" by Isaac Alexander Mack
An hour later he was buried in a shell hole at the back of the trench.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
We passed through the lane made by the shell and flopped flat to earth on the other side when a German star-shell came across to inspect us.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
Heavy shelling had been going on all day and the shells were still coming pretty thickly.
"On the Fringe of the Great Fight" by George G. Nasmith
This is a large round nut with a rather tough shell and high proportion of kernel.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The population which cheered under the shells would not allow itself to be given up like a flock of sheep.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
Proof against bullets, the house had been practically demolished by shell-fire.
"The Dispatch-Riders" by Percy F. Westerman
They are welcomed, not bekauze they are necessary, but bekauze they aint feared, and are soon dropt, like peanut shells, on the floor.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
Luckily, their shell-fire was very wild, or we should have suffered heavily.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
I rode towards Nauwpoort, and saw how shell upon shell was fired after our cannon and the swiftly retreating burghers.
"Through Shot and Flame" by J. D. Kestell
Almost adjoining it was a great shell-hole full of water; but it was not our grave that the shell had rifled.
"Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front" by E. W. Hornung
This not being forthcoming, they had commenced shelling the town.
"The Great War in England in 1897" by William Le Queux
It was as if a thin shell had grown around each of them.
"Gargoyles" by Ben Hecht
They dropped some thirty-five shells in the direction of the fort, and received nineteen well-directed replies.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. IV (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
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In poetry:

In springtime, in sprouting time,
the seed its shell destroys,
and rye becomes rye and pine becomes pine
in freedom without choice.
"Spring Song" by Karin Boye
I had not watched her sunlight blithe
As o'er their shells it dances -
I've seen those winkles almost writhe
Beneath her beaming glances.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And now I'm lying in the trench
And shells and bullets through the night
Are raining in a steady drench,
I'm thinking the old man was right.
"The Raining" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
And as all men deem, dearest, you may be
Only a common shell
Chance-winnowed by the sea-winds from the sea –
The subtle murmurs of eternity.
"The Illusion of Love" by Sarojini Naidu
Full many a fathom down beneath
The bright arch of the splendid deep
My ear has heard the sea-shell breathe
O'er living myriads in their sleep.
"The Sea Diver" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O shell! I held thee to my ears
When I was young, and smiled with pride
To stand aglow at marvel's side!
O world, thy voice is wild with tears!
"The Shell and The World" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

That's the sixth consecutive day that Syrian artillery shells have exploded across the border.
Turkey says artillery fire on Syria halted after fatal shelling blamed on Syrian forces.
Smoke rises from where several shells hit the village of Akcakale, Turkey, killing at least five people, Oct 3, 2012.
Syrian woman cries near to the body of her daughter, reportedly killed by Syrian shelling, in Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012.
Artillery Shell To Be Dedicated In Deadwood.
Season with salt and pepper and turn into tart shells.
The center of this trunk has rotted away and is filled with mud and shells.
But the shells were not filled with chemicals.
Shell Lake-area discovery deepens riddle of state's CWD problem.
Begich hearing focuses on Shell's drilling offshore in Alaska.
Shell's Arctic challenges just beginning.
With summer slipping away and the window for its Alaska drilling plans beginning to close, Shell Oil Co.
BOEM conditionally approves Shell Arctic drilling.
Consumers Love Eating In-Shell Seeds.
But New Yorkers are gladly shelling out $800 an ounce for these dried dead bodies -- and the sexual prowess they promise.
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In science:

For obtaining the X-ray emission of our model PNe it is necessary to compute a synthetic optically thin X-ray spectrum for each radial shell of the model, since the different values for T e , ne and np at each shell result in unique spectral characteristics.
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
The multiplication of an individual spectrum with the volume of the corresponding radial shell gives the total emission from that shell, and the summation over all shells emitting in X-rays then yields the total spectrum.
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
By Birkhoff ’s theorem we know that the exterior of the shell is a portion of Schwarzschild space and the interior of the hollow shell is exactly flat Minkowski space.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
However, Villaver et al. (2002a,b) showed that the hydrodynamics in the circumstellar shell wipe out density structure and leave a shell with a 1/r2 density distribution.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
Rin is the inner dust shell radius and Rout is the outer dust shell radius.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
Indeed the models show that the temperature in the dust shell drops to the SiC formation temperature at ∼1.3Rin for all cases, which is small compared to the shell thickness, even for the thinnest shells.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
Since the models give an upper limit to the shell thickness, this upper limit to Rout together with the expansion velocity (vexp ) was used to calculate the time since the outermost edge of the shell was ejected from the star.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
We divided k-space between kmin = 2π/Lmax and kmax = 2π/Lmin into N spherical shells distributed uniformly on a logarithmic scale (a number of points in the s-shell is Ms ).
Dots, clumps and filaments: the intermittent images of synchrotron emission in random magnetic fields of young supernova remnants
The single–particle states belonging to a ma jor shell of the nuclear shell model are occupied by a number of nucleons.
Spectral fluctuation properties of constrained unitary ensembles of Gaussian-distributed random matrices
Starting a login shell is important as it sources the shell’s initialization files, which may modify the PATH.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
The optimized values of the exponents and contraction coefficients of the valence 2sp shell and the exponents of the polarization single-Gaussian 3sp and 4sp shells are listed in Table V of the Appendix.
Correlation-induced corrections to the band structure of boron nitride: a wave-function-based approach
This map is zero everywhere except on the mass shell, and correspondingly there are fluctuations associated only with the mass shell.
Lie random fields
The galaxy spectrum we observe in reality, could deviate significantly from the simple homogeneous shell model presented here, since the source is spatially resolved and the spectrum is not integrated over the whole shell surface.
On The Origin of Lyman-alpha Absorption in Nearby Starbursts and Implications for Other Galaxies
Also, the estimated shell mass is highly sensitive (as a cubic power) to the adopted shell size.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
The intersection between the shell plane and the optical axis z of the thin shell is chosen as the centre of resolution for torques, while the x and y axes are chosen as in fig. 2.
Calibration of force actuators on an adaptive secondary prototype
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