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shelving

[shel-ving] /ˈʃɛl vɪŋ/
noun
1.
material for shelves.
2.
shelves collectively.
Origin of shelving
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; shelve1 + -ing1

shelve1

[shelv] /ʃɛlv/
verb (used with object), shelved, shelving.
1.
to place (something) on a shelf or shelves.
2.
to put off or aside from consideration:
to shelve the question.
3.
to remove from active use or service; dismiss.
4.
to furnish with shelves.
Origin
First recorded in 1585-95; v. use of shelve(s)
Related forms
shelver, noun
Synonyms
2. defer, table, pigeonhole.

shelve2

[shelv] /ʃɛlv/
verb (used without object), shelved, shelving.
1.
to slope gradually.
Origin
1580-90; origin uncertain; compare Frisian skelf not quite level
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  • Here he emptied his pockets on the table and built a shelving house of gold.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • As they lay, the shelving rock was less than two feet above their heads.

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • This shelving of the real facts, of course, is unconscious on the part of women.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • If there are cliffs or shelving rocks near by, go and see them.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • The narrow, shelving beach, rivalled the whiteness of a fresh snow-drift.

    The Island Home Richard Archer
  • Gradually the water shoaled as they made their way up the shelving sand.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • Then, when we could see sufficiently, we swam to a shelving rock, and landed in safety.

    The Coral Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • But pray recollect that they grow where the rocks are both slippery and shelving.

    Hypolympia

    Edmund Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for shelving

shelving

/ˈʃɛlvɪŋ/
noun
1.
material for making shelves
2.
a set of shelves; shelves collectively

shelve1

/ʃɛlv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to place on a shelf
2.
to provide with shelves
3.
to put aside or postpone from consideration
4.
to dismiss or cause to retire
Derived Forms
shelver, noun
Word Origin
C16: from shelves, plural of shelf

shelve2

/ʃɛlv/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to slope away gradually; incline
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for shelving

shelve

v.1

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.

shelve

v.2

"to slope gradually," 1610s, from Middle English shelven "to slope," from shelfe "grassy slope," a word related to shelf (n.1). Related: Shelved; shelving.

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