Origin of shelve1
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- to slope gradually.
Origin of shelve2
Examples from the Web for shelve
When Kubrick explained that the resulting movie would be seven hours long, they agreed to shelve the script.‘The Counselor’ & How Cormac McCarthy Beat the Hollywood Curse
October 26, 2013
If they read Nelson carefully, they'll hear a muted warning to shelve Paul Ryan's budget plans.What Lessons Can American Conservatives Take from Our British Counterparts?
March 18, 2013
That's really expensive, and it requires a lot of labor to keep track of all of those SKUs, figure out where to shelve them, etc.Why Can’t Walmart Be More Like Costco?
November 26, 2012
So should we shelve the personal-empowerment movement if we want to have long and happy marriages?Do Narcissists Have Better Sex?
June 7, 2009
It had previously been decided to shelve "Uncle Tom's Cabin."A Pirate of Parts
The idea was not altogether comfortable, and he tried to shelve it.The Master of the Shell
Talbot Baines Reed
We'll shelve that part of the information bureau and work on other lines.A Patriotic Schoolgirl
She is head on to the Sand, but the Sand does not shelve much, and her keel is pretty even.Storm Warriors
Believe me, they aren't going to shelve me just because one finger's gone!Over the Seas for Uncle Sam
- to place on a shelf
- to provide with shelves
- to put aside or postpone from consideration
- to dismiss or cause to retire
- (intr) to slope away gradually; incline
Word Origin and History for shelve
1590s, "to overhang," also "to provide with shelves," probably a back-formation from shelves, plural of shelf (n.1). Meaning "put on a shelf" first recorded 1650s; metaphoric sense of "lay aside, dismiss" is from 1812. Related: Shelved; shelving.
"to slope gradually," 1610s, from Middle English shelven "to slope," from shelfe "grassy slope," a word related to shelf (n.1). Related: Shelved; shelving.