Shells


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Shells

Hollow structures in the form of thin curved slabs, plates or membranes that are self-supporting. They are called form-resistant structures because they are shaped according to the loads they carry.
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Simply at the point I started from, namely, those oyster shells are there, in regular layers, five hundred feet above the sea, and no man knows how they got there.
The smoking shell spun like a top between him and the prostrate adjutant, near a wormwood plant between the field and the meadow.
It was his first shell, and it was a thousand times more terrible than he had imagined.
At the same instant there was a deafening roar just outside the palace--a shell had struck much nearer than any of its predecessors.
A second shell exploded in the courtyard, on the opposite side of the building.
I can thus only understand a fact with which I was much struck when examining cirripedes, and of which many other instances could be given: namely, that when a cirripede is parasitic within another and is thus protected, it loses more or less completely its own shell or carapace.
65) a singular "artificial substance resembling shell.
The cattle in the corral ate corn almost as fast as the men could shell it for them, and we hoped they would be ready for an early market.
In the fight a year ago your house was burned by a Federal shell.
He had this placed on the bank of Hillisborough Roads, in order that the shell might fall back into the sea, and the shock be thereby destroyed.
The poor Marionette stood as if turned to stone, with wide eyes, open mouth, and the empty halves of the egg- shell in his hands.
he thought, looking at the strange, as it were, mother-of-pearl shell of white fleecy cloudless resting right over his head in the middle of the sky.