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Definition of "hull" []

  • The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk. (noun)
  • The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached. (noun)
  • Nautical The frame or body of a ship, exclusive of masts, engines, or superstructure. (noun)
  • The main body of various other large vehicles, such as a tank, airship, or flying boat. (noun)
  • The outer casing of a rocket, guided missile, or spaceship. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hull" in a sentence
  • "The WD-14, a basic 141 ⁄ 2-foot aluminum hull, is best matched with a 9 - to 25-hp tiller engine."
  • "You do know that the Titanic has been extensively documented on film, including the punctures in her hull from the iceberg as well as the section of the keel that was ripped apart when she broke up?"
  • "The speed of a ship with a non-planing hull is proportional to the square root of the water line."