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The main body of a ship or other vessel, including the bottom, sides, and deck but not the masts, superstructure, rigging, engines, and other fittings.
framework, body, frame, skeleton, shell, structure, basic structureView synonyms
- ‘The main hull of the medieval ship at Newport in South Wales was raised last autumn, leaving whatever survives of the missing bow and stern to be recovered at a later stage of construction.’
- ‘One of these was an American coast guard vessel, a huge white sailing ship with modern metal hull, coast guard swaths of red on her sides.’
- ‘The main structural bulkhead supports the hull sides at the chain plates and the cabin top at the mast step is drastically cut away so the interior is more open.’
- ‘Restoration of the paddle steamer will involve stripping the entire front third of the vessel before repairing the hull and refurbishing the engines.’
- ‘The small, dark squares visible along the hull beneath the main deck represent windows that illuminated interior spaces.’
- ‘Plating from the sides of the hull and deck has rotted away to leave a skeleton of ribs.’
- ‘When crossing the Atlantic, he charted the location of the Gulf Stream and designed new hulls, riggings, propellers, and pumps for sailing vessels.’
- ‘During that war gunners would skip cannon balls off the water in an attempt to breach the hull of an enemy ship close to the waterline.’
- ‘Most noticeable are the changes in the shape of the hull, upper deck and radar masts which will all help to prevent the vessels being picked up by radar.’
- ‘On the main deck, the hull is arranged with forepeak, hydraulic pump room, accommodation section and fish handling area.’
- ‘The design and engineering of the hulls, decks, interior furnishing and machinery are carefully evaluated to ensure overall quality.’
- ‘A fouled hull can reduce a ship's speed by 5 percent and increase fuel consumption by 40 percent.’
- ‘Right at the front of the bow one can look back along both the upper port and lower starboard sides of the hull.’
- ‘The after sections are nearly flat with a radius of about 18 inches where the hull sides and bottom meet.’
- ‘Under the stern, the rudders and propellers keep the hull clear of the bottom.’
- ‘Turning forward along the starboard side, the hull soon comes to a clean break across a bulkhead.’
- ‘Then a thick, terrific blast pierced through the shield and glanced off the ship, blistering the hull and raking a starboard section open.’
- ‘The frigates have a double-skinned hull divided by ten bulkheads into watertight compartments.’
- ‘The main hulls and bridge deck are of steel construction.’
- ‘The hull sides and decks utilize a balsa wood core between fiberglass laminates for weight reduction and stiffness.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually be hulled
Hit and pierce the hull of (a ship) with a shell or other missile.
- ‘We believed it has been hulled, it has a hole the size of a fist and some cracking in the hull of the ship.’
- ‘The ventral shields of the Omega saved him from hulling the fighter on the unforgiving rock.’
- ‘Our ship of state's hulled, our economy's sinking.’
Middle English: perhaps the same word as hull, or related to hold.
1The outer covering of a fruit or seed, especially the pod of peas and beans, or the husk of grain.
shell, husk, pod, case, casing, covering, seed caseView synonyms
- ‘Apply a 2-to 3-inch layer of mulch, such as pine needles, shredded bark, or seed hulls, after the plants resume active growth.’
- ‘Lay a tarp under the feeder to catch seed hulls and dropped seed.’
- ‘Early tests show these pellets to be more digestible than those already made from cotton seed hulls.’
- ‘Dry soybeans are prone to have cracked seed hulls, which reduces germination.’
- ‘Fill with hulled sunflowers seeds to avoid the mess of seed hulls.’
- ‘It also has a sharp edge so the user may cut the grain hulls from the cob.’
- ‘The fibrous seed coat or hull of most commercial barley varieties is cemented to the caryopsis and is not removed during threshing.’
- ‘Four grams of embryos (achenes without hull and seed coat) were homogenized and oil was extracted in boiling petroleum ether.’
- ‘The product used as filling for these pillows of buckwheat is actually the hulls or husks that protect the kernels.’
- ‘Dietary fiber is the complex carbohydrate found in grain, hulls, and plant forage material and is not efficiently digested by swine.’
- ‘She carried this one even further and tried, where possible, to use agro-based materials made from crop residues such as wheat straws and sunflower seed hulls.’
- ‘He created a re-circulating system to clean the grain and sold the hulls as bedding and a low-potassium roughage source.’
- ‘Total RNA was extracted from leaves, tillers, young panicles, leaf sheaths, hulls, and anthers of rice using the hot phenol method as previously described.’
- ‘The conclusions of Moore and Hatfield are based on data from forages rather than from grain hulls.’
- ‘An abundant 24 kDa protein has been purified and identified from soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr) seed hulls.’
- ‘The machine grinds off the coffee beans' outer hull, and separates the miel into a giant basin.’
- ‘Another source shows that both the outer hulls and inner skins are tinged various shades of pink and purple.’
- ‘Sunflower seed hulls, roasted and ground, were used by Native Americans and pioneers as a coffee substitute.’
- ‘Then we searched the enclosure with a Geiger counter to locate scatter-hoarded seeds and hulls of eaten seeds.’
- ‘Without the gravity well for acceleration, the damage would be absorbed by the outer hulls.’
- 1.1 The green calyx of a strawberry or raspberry.
- ‘Wash the strawberries remove the stalks and hull, then cut them into pieces and place in bowls.’
- ‘But for some reason, organic strawberries seem to have stronger hulls than regular pesticide-covered ones, and now my only question is: whither a strawberry huller?’
- ‘Wash the strawberries, pat them dry and remove their hulls.’
- ‘Rinse the berries and tip them into a dish, removing the strawberry hulls and currant stalks as you go.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective hulled
Remove the hulls from (fruit, seeds, or grain)
shell, husk, peel, pare, skinView synonyms
- ‘The end of a vegetable peeler, a sharp knife or the tip of a spoon do a great job of hulling the berries.’
- ‘His will be Queensland's southernmost coffee crop, and already he has the coffee houses calling to ask when the first boutique beans will be hulled and ready.’
- ‘For comparison purposes, diets based primarily on corn, hulled barley, and wheat were also assessed.’
- ‘Callao barley was released by the Virginia Crop Improvement Association in 1994 as a high-yielding, high-test weight hulled barley for eastern seaboard growing conditions.’
- ‘They have more starch and protein but less fiber than hulled varieties.’
- ‘They are hulled, shelled, graded and inspected.’
- ‘Which is why, in an effort to catch up with the New Domesticity or at least try it on for size, I'm hulling strawberries in a demonstration kitchen on Oxford Street.’
- ‘Head of catering Jane Theyers said the event needed at least 56 people to cover the two days in jobs ranging from serving and washing up to hulling the strawberries.’
- ‘He had to hull the rice since there would be no way to hide the fact if he merely loafed around.’
- ‘Clean and hull strawberries; place in food processor or blender just until puréed.’
- ‘They know what they like and it's not cracked corn, nor is it wheat, milo, peanut hearts, hulled oats, or rice.’
- ‘The microscopic injuries thwart development of surrounding tissue and appear as big brown spots after the seed matures and is marketed and hulled.’
- ‘After the seeds are dried and hulled, they become green coffee beans.’
- ‘Mill managements claim the wage cut is necessary because of low prices offered by the Food Corporation of India for hulling the rice (removing the outer husk).’
- ‘However, in our experiment, pigs fed the hulled barley, low-fat diet did not exhibit poorer growth performance than pigs fed other diets.’
- ‘Keep any washing to just a quick rinse, as strawberries don't like water - and always before hulling, not after.’
- ‘Finally, the rice is dry-roasted, cleaned, hulled, and sorted according to its intended use, in rice blends or even products like wild rice tortilla chips.’
- ‘Each family compound contained a large wooden mortar and pestle used to process corn into meal or grits after it had been hulled by cooking with lye or mixing with ashes.’
- ‘They may be white, yellow, brown, or black, according to variety, with a white inside which is revealed when they are hulled.’
Old English hulu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch huls, German Hülse ‘husk, pod’, and German Hülle ‘covering’, also to heel.
A city and port in northeastern England, situated at the junction of the Hull and Humber rivers; population 263,200 (est. 2009)Official name Kingston upon Hull
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