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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Only a few grass houses had been damaged by the shells.
It is just possible that this hill is Mount Ararat, and that Noah's Ark rested here, and he ate oysters and threw the shells overboard.
The old and weathered shells left on the surface of the upraised plain still partially retain their colours.
A second shell exploded in the courtyard, on the opposite side of the building.
Some species of fresh-water shells have a very wide range, and allied species, which, on my theory, are descended from a common parent and must have proceeded from a single source, prevail throughout the world.
Soon the nature of the soil changed; to the sandy plain succeeded an extent of slimy mud which the Americans call "ooze," composed of equal parts of silicious and calcareous shells.
Not a dozen yards from him was a great hole in the ground where a shell had burst, and a little further away a barn in ruins.
The native, first placing a calabash beneath the nose, as it were, of his curious-looking log-steed, for the purpose of receiving the grated fragments as they fall, mounts astride of it as if it were a hobby-horse, and twirling the inside of his hemispheres of cocoanut around the sharp teeth of the mother-of-pearl shell, the pure white meat falls in snowy showers into the receptacle provided.
came a frightened cry from a soldier and, like a bird whirring in rapid flight and alighting on the ground, a shell dropped with little noise within two steps of Prince Andrew and close to the battalion commander's horse.
The mortar was charged with 160 pounds of powder, and the shell placed in the chamber.
Again, it deceiveth about many things in man, that many a shell is poor and pitiable, and too much of a shell.
This here one he's called Nut an' this here other one's called Shell.