Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to shelling: shelling out

checking, check cracks, map cracks, shelling

1.Shallow cracks at closely spaced but irregular intervals on the surface of mortar or concrete.
2. Small cracks in a film of paint or varnish which do not completely penetrate to the substrate or the previous coat. The cracks are in a pattern roughly similar to a checkerboard.
3. In plastering, in a lime finish coat, fine spider-web cracks or fissures; usually caused by insufficient troweling or undergauging.
4. See check.
5. Very small cracks in a flat glass surface, usually along an edge.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Hotel Belvedere, once a leading establishment, was gutted by fire during the shelling and has not been repaired.
The roof tiles at right are new, replacing roofs bombed out by Yugoslav army shelling from the hill in background.
Israel insisted the shelling of the base was an accident and sent a top army officer to the United Nations in New York to explain.