Nutshell Nut"shell`, n. 1. The shell or hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is inclosed. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, a thing of little compass, or of little value. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A shell of the genus Nucula. [1913 Webster]

{in a nutshell} in a summarized and very abbreviated form; -- of statments, descriptions, reports, and other communications; as, to describe the convention in a nutshell.

{To be in a nutshell} or {To lie in a nutshell}, to be within a small compass; to admit of very brief or simple determination or statement. ``The remedy lay in a nutshell.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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