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Meaning of SHELL

Pronunciation:  shel

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Computing Dictionary
  1. An early system on the datatron 200 series.

    [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

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  2. 1. (Originally from multics, widely propagated via unix) The command interpreter used to pass commands to an operating system; so called because it is the part of the operating system that interfaces with the outside world.

    The commonest Unix shells are the c shell (csh) and the Bourne shell (sh).

    2. (Or "wrapper") Any interface program that mediates access to a special resource or server for convenience, efficiency, or security reasons; for this meaning, the usage is usually "a shell around" whatever.

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