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1 dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut
2 persistent enlarged calyx at base of e.g. a strawberry or raspberry
3 United States naval officer who commanded the `Constitution' during the War of 1812 and won a series of brilliant victories against the British (1773-1843) [syn: Isaac Hull]
4 United States diplomat who did the groundwork for creating the United Nations (1871-1955) [syn: Cordell Hull]
5 a large fishing port in northeastern England [syn: Kingston-upon Hull]
6 the frame or body of ship v : remove the hulls from; "hull the berries"

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see Hull




  1. The outer covering of a fruit or vegetable.
  2. The body or frame of a vessel such as a ship or plane.


  • (outer covering of fruit or vegetable): husk, shell

Derived terms


of boats


  1. To remove the outer covering of a fruit or vegetable.
    She sat on the back porch hulling peanuts.







hull, hullani
  1. to fall



  1. a hole

Extensive Definition

Hull may refer to:
  • Kingston upon Hull ( almost invariably abbreviated to Hull), a city in England named after the River Hull (Kings town upon Hull, prior to 1299 it was known as Wyke upon Hull)
  • Husk or hull, the outer covering of a fruit or vegetable
  • Hull (watercraft), the body or frame of a ship
  • The main body of an armored tank
  • in economics, the Hull-White model of interest rates

In mathematics

Associated with Kingston upon Hull


*Hull, Quebec, a former city in Québec (now part of the city of Gatineau)


  • Blair Hull, an American businessman and politician
  • Bobby Hull, a former Canadian ice hockey player
  • Brett Hull, a former Canadian ice hockey player, and son of Bobby Hull
  • Chuck Hull, inventor of stereolithography
  • Clark L. Hull, an American psychologist
  • Cordell Hull, United States Secretary of State from 1933-1944 under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945
  • Isaac Hull, early United States Naval officer, Captain of the USS Constitution during the battle with HMS Guerriere
  • John Hull, a Professor of Derivatives and Risk Management at the University of Toronto
  • Merlin Hull, U.S. Congressman
  • Rae Hull, Canadian journalist
  • Rod Hull (1935-1999), English entertainer.
  • Tom Hull, mathematical origamist
  • Warren Hull (1903-1974), film actor and TV personality
  • William Hull, an American general during the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812

Other uses

  • Hull House, settlement house in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • USS Hull, any of four U.S. Navy ships
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