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HULL, noun

1. The outer covering of any thing, particularly of a nut or of grain. Johnson says, the hull of a nut covers the shell.

2. The frame or body of a ship, exclusive of her masts, yards and rigging.

To lie a hull in seamen's language, is to lie as a ship without any sail upon her, and her helm lashed a-lee.

To strike a hull in a storm, is to take in the sails, and lash the helm on the lee-side of a ship.

HULL, verb transitive To strip off or separate the hull or hulls; as, to hull grain.

1. To pierce the hull of a ship with a cannon-ball.

HULL, verb intransitive To float or drive on the water without sails.