Hull down
Hull Hull, n. [OE. hul, hol, shell, husk, AS. hulu; akin to G. h["u]lle covering, husk, case, h["u]llen to cover, Goth. huljan to cover, AS. helan to hele, conceal. [root]17. See {Hele}, v. t., {Hell}.] 1. The outer covering of anything, particularly of a nut or of grain; the outer skin of a kernel; the husk. [1913 Webster]

2. [In this sense perh. influenced by D. hol hold of a ship, E. hold.] (Naut.) The frame or body of a vessel, exclusive of her masts, yards, sails, and rigging. [1913 Webster]

Deep in their hulls our deadly bullets light. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Hull down}, said of a ship so distant that her hull is concealed by the convexity of the sea. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hull-down — hullˈ downˈ adverb and adjective So far away that the hull is below the horizon • • • Main Entry: ↑hull …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hull-down — The term hull down describes the situation where the upper part of a vessel or vehicle is visible, but the main, lower body (hull) is not; the opposite term hull up describes the situation where all of the body is visible.The terms originated… …   Wikipedia

  • hull down — adverb (or adjective) 1. of a ship a. : at such a distance that only the superstructure is visible had cleared with a leading wind … and was hull down long before dark Raymond McFarland b. : with main deck awash one ship … after another went hull …   Useful english dictionary

  • hull-down — adjective a) Of a ship so far distant that only the masts and sails are visible above the horizon b) Of a tank, stopped with its hull protected by ground to the front, so that its occupants or weapons have a line of sight forward …   Wiktionary

  • hull-down — /ˈhʌl daʊn/ (say hul down) adjective 1. (of a ship) with its hull hidden by the waves or horizon. 2. (of a tank) with its body concealed and only its turret showing …   Australian English dictionary

  • hull down — adverb or adjective Date: 1775 of a ship at such a distance that only the superstructure is visible …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hull — hull1 [hul] n. [ME hule < OE hulu, akin to Ger hülle, covering: for IE base see HALL] 1. the outer covering of a seed or fruit, as the husk of grain, pod of a pea, shell of a nut, etc. 2. the calyx of some fruits, as the raspberry 3. any outer …   English World dictionary

  • Hull — Hull, n. [OE. hul, hol, shell, husk, AS. hulu; akin to G. h[ u]lle covering, husk, case, h[ u]llen to cover, Goth. huljan to cover, AS. helan to hele, conceal. [root]17. See {Hele}, v. t., {Hell}.] 1. The outer covering of anything, particularly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hull — hull1 huller, n. /hul/, n. 1. the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit. 2. the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry. 3. any covering or envelope. v.t. 4. to remove the hull of. 5. Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans). [bef.… …   Universalium

  • hull-up — adjective Of a ship at a distance that the hull is visible above the horizon See Also: hull down …   Wiktionary

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