A conch shell




  • To remove the outer covering or shell of something.
  • To bombard, to fire projectiles at, especially with artillery.
  • To disburse or give up money, to pay. (Often used with out).
  • To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc.
  • To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk.
  • To switch to a shell or command line.
  • To form shallow, irregular cracks (in a coating).
  • To form a shelling.


  • From Middle English schelle, from Old English sċiell, from Proto-West Germanic *skallju, from Proto-Germanic *skaljō, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH-.
  • Compare West Frisian skyl ("peel, rind"), Dutch schil ("peel, skin, rink"), Low German Schell ("shell, scale"), Irish scelec ("pebble"), Latin silex ("pebble, flint"), siliqua, Old Church Slavonic сколика ("shell"). More at shale.
  • sheal.
  • From being viewed as an outer layer of interface between the user and the operating-system internals.

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