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Meaning of SHOAL

Pronunciation:  showl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a large group of fish; "a school of small glittering fish swam by"
  2. [n]  a stretch of shallow water
  3. [n]  a sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide
  4. [adj]  full of submerged reefs or sandbanks or shoals; "reefy shallows"; "shoaly waters"
  5. [v]  become shallow; "the lake shallowed over time"
  6. [v]  make shallow; "The silt shallowed the canal"

SHOAL is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: reefy, school, shallow, shallow, shallow, shelfy, shelvy, shoaly
 See Also: alter, animal group, body of water, change, fish, sandbank, water



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shoal\, n. [AS. scolu, sceolu, a company, multitude,
    crowd, akin to OS. skola; probably originally, a division,
    and akin to Icel. skilja to part, divide. See {Skill}, and
    cf. {School}. of fishes.]
    A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; -- said
    especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass. ``Great shoals of
    people.'' --Bacon.
          Beneath, a shoal of silver fishes glides. --Waller.
  2. \Shoal\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shoaled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled
    about the place. --Chapman.
  3. \Shoal\, a. [Cf. {Shallow}; or cf. G. scholle a clod,
    glebe, OHG. scollo, scolla, prob. akin to E. shoal a
    Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water.
  4. \Shoal\, n.
    1. A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc.,
       is shallow; a shallow.
             The depth of your pond should be six feet; and on
             the sides some shoals for the fish to lay their
             span.                                 --Mortimer.
             Wolsey, that once trod the ways of glory, And
             sounded all the depths and shoals of honor. --Shak.
    2. A sandbank or bar which makes the water shoal.
             The god himself with ready trident stands, And opes
             the deep, and spreads the moving sands, Then heaves
             them off the shoals.                  --Dryden.
  5. \Shoal\, v. i.
    To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it
  6. \Shoal\, v. t.
    To cause to become more shallow; to come to a more shallow
    part of; as, a ship shoals her water by advancing into that
    which is less deep. --Marryat.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A shallow region in flowing or standing water, especially if made shallow by deposition.