Shear hulk
Hulk Hulk, n. [OE. hulke a heavy ship, AS. hulc a light, swift ship; akin to D. hulk a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho; perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. ?, prop., a ship which is towed, fr. ? to draw, drag, tow. Cf. {Wolf}, {Holcad}.] 1. The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service. ``Some well-timbered hulk.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. --Skeat. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Shear hulk}, an old ship fitted with an apparatus to fix or take out the masts of a ship.

{The hulks}, old or dismasted ships, formerly used as prisons. [Eng.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shear-hulk — shearˈ hulk, shearˈleg see under ↑sheer2 • • • Main Entry: ↑shear sheerˈ hulk or shearˈ hulk noun 1. An old dismantled ship with a pair of sheers mounted on it 2. Popularly, a mere hulk, as if from ↑sheer1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shear hulk — Shear Shear, n. [AS. sceara. See {Shear}, v. t.] 1. A pair of shears; now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See {Shears}. [1913 Webster] On his head came razor none, nor shear. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Short of the wool …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shear hulk — noun : a ship unfit for other service that is fitted with shears for hoisting masts and other heavy articles …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shear — Shear, n. [AS. sceara. See {Shear}, v. t.] 1. A pair of shears; now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See {Shears}. [1913 Webster] On his head came razor none, nor shear. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Short of the wool, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shear blade — Shear Shear, n. [AS. sceara. See {Shear}, v. t.] 1. A pair of shears; now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See {Shears}. [1913 Webster] On his head came razor none, nor shear. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Short of the wool …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shear steel — Shear Shear, n. [AS. sceara. See {Shear}, v. t.] 1. A pair of shears; now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See {Shears}. [1913 Webster] On his head came razor none, nor shear. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Short of the wool …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hulk — Hulk, n. [OE. hulke a heavy ship, AS. hulc a light, swift ship; akin to D. hulk a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho; perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. ?, prop., a ship which is towed, fr. ? to draw, drag, tow. Cf. {Wolf}, {Holcad}.] 1. The body of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hulk (ship) — A hulk is a ship that is afloat, but incapable of going to sea. Although sometimes used to describe a ship that has been launched but not completed, it most often refers to an old ship that has had its rigging and/or internal equipment removed,… …   Wikipedia

  • Sheer hulk — Sheer Sheer, n. 1. (Naut.) (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side. (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it. [1913 Webster] 2. A turn or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheer-hulk — sheerˈ hulk or shearˈ hulk noun 1. An old dismantled ship with a pair of sheers mounted on it 2. Popularly, a mere hulk, as if from ↑sheer1 • • • Main Entry: ↑sheer …   Useful english dictionary

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