He could see the salt-and-pepper rocks, shoaling away and knobbed with periwinkle shells.
To these disadvantages must be added a third, the shoaling of the sea bottom, which compels ships to anchor far off shore.
It would also appear that since Captain King's survey the water has been shoaling hereabouts.
Between the main and this sand, the channel is nine and ten fathoms, and the shoaling is rather fast.
Here were the same exquisite soft blues, shoaling into tender green, that I have seen among the Florida keys.
“We are shoaling our water rapidly,” observed Captain Lascelles to the first lieutenant.
The shoaling indicated by a sounding of 310 fathoms taken in Lat.
Then I slowly made my way through the shoaling water toward the light.
As soon as they found that the water was shoaling, they would anchor.
In his dark den he could still hear the gulls wailing, although the tug had passed the major portion of the shoaling pilchards.
"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.