Out on the shoal he was a silent but interested spectator while the trawl was being pulled and the fish taken aboard.
She went pretty near a shoal with only five feet of water on it.
The shoal of shooting stars is perhaps much more numerous than the herrings or the pigeons.
A shoal of sharks could not have finished him more expeditiously.
The shoal was close ahead and, taking a sounding, he found scarcely a fathom under the keel.
It is also of interest to notice that the shape of the shoal is gradually changing.
In the shoal water between the several wharves, for a long period, there was annually a dense crop of rushes or flags.
Rout them out he would, the same as a shoal of fish from out the weeds.
When I came out here just after breakfast, this morning, it was high and dry on that shoal.
The shoal, we agreed, must have been thrown up by the earthquake.
"place of shallow water," c.1300, from Old English schealde (adj.), from sceald "shallow," from Proto-Germanic *skala- (cf. Swedish skäll "thin;" Low German schol, Frisian skol "not deep"), of uncertain origin. The terminal -d was dropped 16c.
"large number" (especially of fish), 1570s, apparently identical with Old English scolu "band, troop, crowd of fish" (see school (n.2)); but perhaps rather a 16c. adoption of cognate Middle Dutch schole.
"assemble in a multitude," c.1600, from shoal (n.2). Related: Shoaled; shoaling.