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shingling

[shing-gling]
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noun
  1. Geology. a sedimentary structure in which flat pebbles are uniformly tilted in the same direction.

Origin of shingling

1695–1705, for literal sense; shingle1 + -ing1
Also called imbrication.

shingle1

[shing-guh l]
noun
  1. a thin piece of wood, slate, metal, asbestos, or the like, usually oblong, laid in overlapping rows to cover the roofs and walls of buildings.
  2. a woman's close-cropped haircut.
  3. Informal. a small signboard, especially as hung before a doctor's or lawyer's office.
verb (used with object), shin·gled, shin·gling.
  1. to cover with shingles, as a roof.
  2. to cut (hair) close to the head.
Idioms
  1. hang out one's shingle, Informal. to establish a professional practice, especially in law or medicine; open an office.
  2. have/be a shingle short, Australian Slang. to be mentally disturbed, mad, or eccentric.

Origin of shingle1

1150–1200; Middle English scincle, sc(h)ingle < Medieval Latin scindula lath, shingle (Middle English -g- apparently by association with another unidentified word), Latin scandula (Medieval Latin -i- perhaps by association with Greek schíza lath, splinter, or related words)
Related formsshin·gler, noun

shingle3

[shing-guh l]
verb (used with object), shin·gled, shin·gling. Metalworking.
  1. to hammer or squeeze (puddled iron) into a bloom or billet, eliminating as much slag as possible; knobble.

Origin of shingle3

1665–75; < French cingler to whip, beat < German zängeln, derivative of Zange tongs
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Examples from the Web for shingling

Historical Examples

  • And Martin would know what to do about shingling the barn and cementing the cellar.

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • The shingling and plate-rolling mill is represented in fig. 597.

  • How is Tom getting on with his shingling or painting or whatever it is hes doing?

    The Lucky Seventh

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Shingling, painting, glass-setting, and the like were all going forward at once.

  • He began his attack adroitly by complimenting my new house and by regretting that I was shingling the roof.

    The House

    Eugene Field


British Dictionary definitions for shingling

shingle1

noun
  1. a thin rectangular tile, esp one made of wood, that is laid with others in overlapping rows to cover a roof or a wall
  2. a woman's short-cropped hairstyle
  3. US and Canadian a small signboard or nameplate fixed outside the office of a doctor, lawyer, etc
  4. a shingle short Australian informal unintelligent or mentally subnormal
verb (tr)
  1. to cover (a roof or a wall) with shingles
  2. to cut (the hair) in a short-cropped style
Derived Formsshingler, noun

Word Origin

C12 scingle, from Late Latin scindula a split piece of wood, from Latin scindere to split

shingle2

noun
  1. coarse gravel, esp the pebbles found on beaches
  2. a place or area strewn with shingle
Derived Formsshingly, adjective

Word Origin

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian singl pebbles, Frisian singel gravel

shingle3

verb
  1. (tr) metallurgy to hammer or squeeze the slag out of (iron) after puddling in the production of wrought iron

Word Origin

C17: from Old French dialect chingler to whip, from chingle belt, from Latin cingula girdle; see cingulum
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Word Origin and History for shingling

shingle

n.1

"thin piece of wood," c.1200, scincle, from Late Latin scindula (also the source of German Schindel), altered (by influence of Greek schidax "lath" or schindalmos "splinter") from Latin scandula "roof tile," from scindere "to cleave, split," from PIE root *sked- "to split." Meaning "small signboard" is first attested 1842. Sense of "woman's short haircut" is from 1924; the verb meaning "to cut the hair so as to give the impression of overlapping shingles" is from 1857.

shingle

n.2

"loose stones on a seashore," 1510s, probably related to Norwegian singl "small stones," or North Frisian singel "gravel," both said to be echoic of the sound of water running over pebbles.

shingle

v.

"cover with shingles" (of houses), 1560s, from shingle (n.). Related: Shingled; shingling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shingling

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