Definition of clamshell in English:



  • 1The shell of a clam, formed of two roughly equal valves with a hinge.

    • ‘Glue the larger shells, such as these clamshells, to the inner and outer edges of the frame.’
    • ‘They were smaller than the clamshells protruding from the mud.’
    • ‘You remember that painting of the naked Venus emerging from a clamshell.’
    • ‘Crushed clamshells, a waste product from the local Chesapeake Bay seafood industries, have been used to pave roadways.’
    • ‘He was back shortly with half of a freshwater clamshell.’
    • ‘A while back, I crafted a set of runes from some tiny clamshells someone had sent me from the shore (I marked the runes on the shells with a paint pen).’
    • ‘She is making beautiful buildings out of sustainable materials - recycled bottles, clamshells, and mud.’
    • ‘The stage was a long oval, with strange bronze horns, pediments, and clamshells decorating it.’
    • ‘Early Americans enjoyed clams with the same passion as we do today, and polished clamshells served as currency (known as wampum) from the 1600's to the end of the seventeenth century.’
    • ‘And, unless he was lost at sea, his body would be buried beneath a pile of clamshells in the Bay Key Cemetery.’
    1. 1.1A thing with hinged parts that open and shut in a manner resembling the parts of a clamshell, such as a kind of mechanical digger, a portable computer, or a box for takeout food.
      ‘some clamshells offer full desktop power’
      [as modifier] ‘a clamshell lid’
      • ‘The new concept incorporates a clamshell design.’
      • ‘The packaging is a clear clamshell that can be pegged or clip-stripped for display or can free-stand on a countertop or shelf.’
      • ‘The handset opens like a standard clamshell phone to reveal a 2.8in 240 x 320 touch-sensitive screen.’
      • ‘It is a clamshell phone that works worldwide on cellular networks running on the GSM standard.’
      • ‘Unlike some other clamshells, the keypad is quite ergonomic and there is a nice tactile feel when you nudge the buttons.’
      • ‘The DVD is packaged in a clamshell box and contains an 8-page poster booklet and a sheet of stickers!’
      • ‘The case opens clamshell style, and there's plenty of room for expandability.’
      • ‘Invented by Motorola, clamshells fit nicely alongside the face and slip easily into pocket or purse.’
      • ‘Emma stopped at the highway, crossed to the store, and parked in the clamshell lot.’
      • ‘He introduced phones with clamshell designs that flip open to reveal a larger screen and take pictures.’
      • ‘There's also a ‘low-carb’ option, in which the loose, greasy contents come in a plastic clamshell instead of a croissant.’
      • ‘Every year, billions of these clamshells and other foodservice containers made from petroleum-based foams end up in already overstuffed landfills.’
      • ‘The computer continues to use a clamshell design that opens after you push buttons on the top and bottom of the case.’
      • ‘They misread the market earlier this year and didn't have an offering in the area of clamshells.’
      • ‘It's a clamshell design with a button on the lid and a blue light in the centre of the button, and looks rather cheap and plasticky.’
      • ‘The clamshell phone's large display offers a 256.000 colors screen resolution and 3 triple digital zoom that brings details into focus.’
      • ‘The firm has been criticised for being slow to offer camera phones and clamshell designs.’
      • ‘I had forgotten my wallet, so I had to borrow $6 for my styrofoam clamshell of Mongolian Beef over rice.’
      • ‘The clamshell device opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard and 16-bit colour display.’
      • ‘Like the clamshell, you don't have to worry about locking your keypad, because the phone is only functional when it is extended to its full size.’