Adjective "hulk" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An old ship stripped of fittings and permanently moored, especially for use as storage or (formerly) as a prison.
  1. 'Some of the ships were old hulks that had been destined for the breakers' yard when pressed into service.'
  2. 'The shoreline was cluttered with the rusting hulks of old ships that had been hauled out of the sea and hundreds of people were crawling over the wrecks salvaging anything of value.'
  3. 'The rusting hulk of a long-abandoned Soviet ship loomed in the distance.'
  4. 'For security's sake the hulks were moored some way from shore in deep water - floating Alcatrazes.'
  5. 'Faden's father, convicted of burglary, had died in the prison hulks off Portsmouth, and Marella herself was found guilty of stealing a dead sheep (though she only got a week for that).'
  6. 'South Australia also had its own prison hulks, moored at Semaphore.'
  7. 'Jorgenson's downfall led to his return to England as a prisoner, and his committal to a Thames River prison hulk, Bahama, among fellow Danish officers.'
  8. 'Plans were made for the removal from the harbour of two old ship hulks - one at Cartron shore and the other at the old quay at the bottom of Quay Street.'
  9. 'The final design of the Mulberry Harbours called for a breakwater created by sunken ship hulks and the manufacture of an outer sea wall of huge concrete boxes which were given the codename, Phoenix.'
  10. 'The horizon is low, the masts and hulks of the ships making a series of horizontals and verticals receding far into the distance.'
  11. 'hulks of abandoned machinery'
  12. 'All along the roads, cars beached for the onset of dark, their huddled hulks miniature bastions guarding the moats of lawns.'
  13. 'There is the hospital that had been the newly built pride of its community, reduced to a burned-out hulk, every window blown out.'
  14. 'The hulks of machinery littering the site created lots of nooks and crevasses for Bailey to sniff around.'
  15. 'There was hope that its great silhouette would be able to breathe again when the neighbouring hulk of Heron House was deemed unsafe.'
  16. 'Now the same streets were all but deserted - apart from the many abandoned hulks of upturned, burnt-out cars.'
  17. 'Kirstie peered towards the west at the dark hulks of abandoned buildings in the distance.'
  18. 'Old department stores are empty hulks; the shoppers prefer the malls out of town.'
  19. 'Beta steered us off the main roads down some quite narrow roads, framed on either side by the windowless hulk of tall buildings, but it was not long until we felt lost and longed to return to the relative comfort of a more populated street.'
  20. 'Cowan said the burned-out hulk of the building, once a military base and still a national heritage site owned by the national Department of Public Works, could not be torn down.'
  21. 'Darting from in between the rusted hulks of shelled out transports they encroached further into the enemy's territory.'
A large or unwieldy boat or other object.
  1. 'The blackened hulks of the great ships and the flattened hangars testified to the fact that the American awakening to what was happening in the rest of the world was sudden and painful.'
  2. 'The US will bring two hulks (out-of-commission ships) to be sunk 300 nm off the coast of Queensland during the live firing exercise.'
  3. 'With the cost topping $5 million, it was decided to sink the hulk 2.5 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island, off Mooloolaba.'
  4. 'Rushwind looks at the battered hulk of his ship.'
  5. 'The path wound its way through the mountains haphazardly, towering hulks of stone suspended high above them.'
  6. 'Meanwhile in Cardiff, having rejected Hadid, they have built a graceless hulk called the Millennium Stadium right in the city centre, with lottery money.'
  7. 'These hulks can also provide support fire for brief periods of time.'
  8. 'Among the craft that littered the harbour was the hulk of the battleship Haruna lying quietly in the shallows, its deck just above the water.'
  9. 'Though the vast hulk of the ship daunted her and dampened her spirits immensely, the warm touch of Lucien's steadying hand encouraged and thrilled her.'
  10. 'A towering hulk of a man is vigorously hacking away at a formless lump of meat.'
  11. 'After a moment, he let out a high, piercing whistle that somehow seemed strange coming from the hulk of a man.'
  12. 'A hulk of a man with long sideburns and a warm laugh, he had been a reporter with China Youth Daily for 10 years when, in 1996, he heard the story of the acid attack against the man.'
  13. 'He was a vast hulk of a man, who hummed a tuneless melody to himself as he lumbered down the corridors.'
  14. 'Why is it Hollywood feels we need to see wet, naked hulks conversing in the bathroom?'
  15. 'And now the muscular hulk of the raging brother roars through the doorway, like a terrible predator seeking prey.'
  16. 'I heard footsteps on the sidewalk and saw a hulk of a man approaching from the office, who I first assumed was a guest.'
  17. 'One of these thugs, a balding hulk of a man, performs a neat trick with an espresso coffee.'
  18. 'Another unsung hero has been a towering hulk who has made life miserable for opponents trying to stand in front of the San Jose net.'
  19. 'Running backs come and go, used-up hulks dumped for the latest phenoms.'

More definitions


1. the body of an old or dismantled ship.

2. a ship specially built to serve as a storehouse, prison, etc., and not for sea service.

3. a clumsy-looking or unwieldy ship or boat.

4. a bulky or unwieldy person, object, or mass.

5. the shell of a wrecked, burned-out, or abandoned vehicle, building, or the like.

verb (used without object)

6. to loom in bulky form; appear as a large, massive bulk (often followed by up): The bus hulked up suddenly over the crest of the hill.

7. Bri


Old English hulc ‘fast ship’, probably reinforced in Middle English by Middle Low German and Middle Dutch hulk; probably of Mediterranean origin and related to Greek holkas ‘cargo ship’.