empty shell

empty shell

[′em·tē ′shel]
(computer science)
A room that has been fully prepared for the installation of computer and data-processing equipment.
References in classic literature ?
The strength of your wealth at this moment is only an empty shell. That is why you are crying out your feeble little battle-cry, "Return to the ways of our fathers." You are aware of your impotency.
It is an empty shell, and soon even the empty shell will be taken away from you.
They brought him things to look at--buds which were opening, buds which were tight closed, bits of twig whose leaves were just showing green, the feather of a woodpecker which had dropped on the grass, the empty shell of some bird early hatched.
But the hammer fell futilely upon an empty shell, and Malbihn was again upon his feet clutching at her.
It's no more than an empty shell." And his sad face grew sadder, thinking perhaps of the tragedy of his country and the part that he played in it.
On one side the low brick houses had in their dusty windows the sightless, moribund look of incurable decay - empty shells awaiting demolition.
Dennin threw open the breech of the shot-gun, ejecting the empty shells. Holding the gun with one hand, he reached with the other into his pocket for fresh shells.
The child's family thought the device was an empty shell case - but it was a live explosive.
You can not open a ice cream shop from an empty shell for this price!
The empty shell of the bullet that allegedly killed Halili was recovered in the grassy area during reenactment of the crime yesterday.
But the grenade was found to be an empty shell, so no explosion was necessary.
SAINSBURY'S are in advanced talks with operators to fill the empty shell of a store that is being built in Llangollen.