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Definitions of shelf

  1. a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects of use or ornament. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A flat ledge or board, usually long and narrow and set horizontally into a wall, for holding things; a flat ledge of rock. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A board fixed on a wall, etc., for laying things on: a flat layer of rock: a ledge: a shoal: a sandbank:-pl. SHELVES (shelvz). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. SHELFY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. A ledge; ledge of rock; board fixed against a wall, &c., for laying things on. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A board or slab set horizontally into or against a wall. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A flat projecting ledge of rock; a reef; shoal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A board for holding vessels, books, &c.; a sand-bank or ledge of rocks near the surface in the sea; a fiat projecting layer of rock. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. shelf, n. a board fixed on a wall, &c., for laying things on: a flat layer of rock: a ledge: a shoal: a sandbank:--pl. SHELVES (shelvz).--adj. SHELF'Y.--PUT, LAY, ON THE SHELF, to put aside from duty or service. [A.S. scylfe, a plank, Ice. skjálf, a bench.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. (pl. -ves). Projecting slab of stone or board let into or hung on wall to support things, one of the boards in cabinet, bookcase, &c., on which books &c. stand, (on the s., put aside, done with, esp. of person past work); ledge, horizontal step-like projection in cliff face &c.; reef or sandbank under water. Hence shelved a., shelfful (2) n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. n. [Anglo Saxon] A board or platform elevated above the floor and fixed or set horizontally on a frame or contiguous to a wall for holding vessels books, &c.;—a sand-bank in the sea, or a rock or ledgeof rocks rendering the water shallow and dangerous to ships;—in mining, a level vein or stratum , or a flat projecting layer of rock. Cabinet Dictionary

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