Meaning of HULL in English


I. ˈhəl noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hulu; akin to Old High German hala hull, Old English helan to conceal — more at hell

Date: before 12th century


a. : the outer covering of a fruit or seed

b. : the persistent calyx or involucre that subtends some fruits (as a strawberry)


a. : the frame or body of a ship or boat exclusive of masts, yards, sails, and rigging

b. : the main body of a usually large or heavy craft or vehicle (as an airship or tank)

3. : covering , casing

• hull-less ˈhəl-ləs adjective

II. transitive verb

Date: 14th century

: to remove the hulls of : shuck

• hull·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.