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Meaning of SHELF

Pronunciation:  shelf

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  1. [n]  a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
  2. [n]  a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water

SHELF is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: ledge
 See Also: bookcase, bookshelf, buffet, bureau, cabinet, chest, chest of drawers, chimneypiece, closet, counter, dresser, etagere, food market, grocery, grocery store, hob, mantel, mantelpiece, mantle, mantlepiece, market, overmantel, ridge, sideboard, support



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Shelf\, n.; pl. {Shelves}. [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS.
scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skj[=a]lf. In senses 2 & 3,
perhaps a different word (cf. {Shelve}, v. i.).]
1. (Arch.) A flat tablet or ledge of any material set
   horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects
   of use or ornament.

2. A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks,
   rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships.

         On the tawny sands and shelves.       --Milton.

         On the secret shelves with fury cast. --Dryden.

3. (Mining) A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat,
   projecting layer of rock.

4. (Naut.) A piece of timber running the whole length of a
   vessel inside the timberheads. --D. Kemp.

{To lay on the shelf}, to lay aside as unnecessary or
   useless; to dismiss; to discard.

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