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noun, plural shelves
[shelvz] /ʃɛlvz/ (Show IPA)
a thin slab of wood, metal, etc., fixed horizontally to a wall or in a frame, for supporting objects.
the contents of this:
a shelf of books.
a surface or projection resembling this; ledge.
Physical Geography.

a sandbank or submerged extent of rock in the sea or river.
the bedrock underlying an alluvial deposit or the like.
continental shelf.

Archery. the upper part of the bow hand, on which the arrow rests.
off the shelf, readily available from merchandise in stock:
Any of those parts can be purchased off the shelf.
on the shelf, Informal.

put aside temporarily; postponed.
inactive; useless.
without prospects of marriage, as after having broken an engagement.

noun (pl) shelves (ʃɛlvz)
a thin flat plank of wood, metal, etc, fixed horizontally against a wall, etc, for the purpose of supporting objects
something resembling this in shape or function
the objects placed on a shelf, regarded collectively: a shelf of books
a projecting layer of ice, rock, etc, on land or in the sea See also continental shelf
(mining) a layer of bedrock hit when sinking a shaft
(archery) the part of the hand on which an arrow rests when the bow is grasped
See off the shelf
on the shelf, put aside or abandoned: used esp of unmarried women considered to be past the age of marriage
(transitive) (Austral, slang) to inform upon
See continental shelf.

A public library of classes for the Eiffel language.


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