Mr. Wilde clambered to the floor and unlocking the cabinet, took a long square box from the first shelf.
A grippingly important work that belongs on the shelf alongside The Looming Tower and Ghost Wars.
Everyone who writes needs to build a shelf of solid reference books.
Lizzie Skurnick is the author of shelf Discovery , a memoir of teen reading.
With previous models, you could drop by the Apple Store and pick up a new battery right off the shelf.
Now he stood on a shelf of rock pitted with depressions, all pools.
She swept the floor and she washed the dishes and she laid them back on their shelf.
Barby pointed to a shelf, actually a terrace in the rock structure, above and a few yards to the left of the mine entrance.
Didn't you see anything in the corner, on the left, on the third shelf?
See the pots and pans hanging on the wall under the shelf, and the old kettle hanging over the large open fireplace!
late 14c., from Middle Low German schelf "shelf, set of shelves," or from Old English cognate scylfe, which perhaps meant "shelf, ledge, floor," and scylf "peak, pinnacle," from Proto-Germanic *skelf- "split," possibly from the notion of a split piece of wood (cf. Old Norse skjölf "bench"), from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).
Shelf life first recorded 1927. Phrase on the shelf "out of the way, inactive" is attested from 1570s; of unmarried women with no prospects from 1839. Off the shelf "ready-made" is from 1936. Meaning "ledge of rock" is from 1809, perhaps from or influenced by shelf (n.2). Related: Shelves.
"sandbank," 1540s, of unknown origin. Related: Shelfy "abounding in sandbanks."
See continental shelf.