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Pronunciation: (hul), [key]
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. Midland U.S.to shell (peas or beans).


Pronunciation: (hul), [key]
1. the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.
2. Aeron.
a. the boatlike fuselage of a flying boat on which the plane lands or takes off.
b. the cigar-shaped arrangement of girders enclosing the gasbag of a rigid dirigible.
3. hull down, (of a ship) sufficiently far away, or below the horizon, that the hull is invisible.
4. hull up, (of a ship) sufficiently near, or above the horizon, that the hull is visible.

to pierce (the hull of a ship), esp. below the water line.

to drift without power or sails.


Pronunciation: (hul), [key]
1. Cor•dell Pronunciation: (kôr'del, kôr-del'), [key] 1871–1955, U.S. statesman: Secretary of State 1933–44; Nobel peace prize 1945.
2. Robert Marvin (Bobby), born 1939, Canadian ice-hockey player.
3. William, 1753–1825, U.S. general.
4. Official name, Kingston-upon-Hull. 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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