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shelf a thin, flat, usu. rectangular piece of wood, metal, or glass attached horizontally to a wall or in a cabinet, case, or the like for things to be kept upon. [3 definitions]
shelf life the length of time a product can be stored without spoiling or deteriorating.
shell a hard outer covering of a mollusk, which is being continually created by the animal itself and serves to protect it from injury and from predators. [12 definitions]
she'll contracted form of "she will."
shellac thin sheets or flakes of processed lac, used in making varnish and other products. [5 definitions]
shellback an old experienced sailor. [2 definitions]
shellbark the shagbark.
-shelled having (such) a shell.
shellfire the firing of artillery shells.
shellfish an aquatic invertebrate animal that has a shell, esp. an edible animal such as a clam, oyster, or lobster.
shell game a game like thimblerig in which inverted shells, inside of one of which a small object is apparently hidden, are moved around quickly and onlookers bet on which shell contains the object. [2 definitions]
shell out (informal) to pay, esp. reluctantly.
shellproof protected from or invulnerable to shells or bombs.
shell shock any of several neuroses resulting from traumatic experiences in war or combat.
shelter a place, such as a structure, that provides protection from danger, weather, or the like; refuge. [7 definitions]
sheltered workshop a workshop where handicapped persons work for wages and often receive job training in an environment devoid of the usual pressures of a job.
shelterless combined form of shelter.
shelter tent a small tent, usu. for two persons, that is assembled from two halves fastened together.
sheltie (informal) a Shetland pony, or a Shetland sheepdog.
shelve to put on a shelf or shelves. [3 definitions]
shelves pl. of shelf.