of little depth; not deep: shallow water.
lacking depth; superficial: a mind that is not narrow but shallow.
taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation: shallow breathing.
Baseball. relatively close to home plate: The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field.
Usually shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.
Baseball. at a shallow position: With the pitcher up, the outfielders played shallow.
to make or become shallow.
- shal·low·ly, adverb
- shal·low·ness, noun
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How to use shallow in a sentence
Sight fishing in shallow water is one of the most exciting ways to chase fish on inshore waters.
VanDevender thinks there’s probably an ideal middle ground that will call for modest shielding and shallow underground locations.Cosmic rays could pose a problem for future quantum computers | Neel Patel | August 26, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Romania has shallow-water gas projects, but a major deep-water find by eight years ago has still to be exploited.Erdogan hails Turkey’s biggest ever energy discovery. The markets are unimpressed | Bernhard Warner | August 21, 2020 | Fortune
Just spinning the wheels on even a shallow incline caused the vehicle to sink into the seeds.Wiggly wheels might help rovers plow through loose lunar soils | Maria Temming | June 26, 2020 | Science News For Students
Working with more sophisticated GPS tracking devices, they found that albatrosses did not perform Lévy walks while searching for food above shallow water, where they might have more visual or olfactory information to guide them.Random Search Wired Into Animals May Help Them Hunt | Liam Drew | June 11, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The wreckage of the Airbus A320 has been located in relatively shallow water.
Men cross the river at shallow points with herds of animals while women tend the fields in colorful dresses.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They converted what should have been a long-overdue moral reckoning into a shallow and hysterical ratings bonanza.
George was neither shallow nor superficial; his personality was deep and multidimensional.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The soldiers are forced to dig their own shallow grave and are then shot in a chilling scene at the conclusion.
In these archipelagos the waters being shallow, the frost was quite intense enough to cool them to the bottom.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
These bogs are of all depths from a few inches to thirty or forty feet, though the very shallow have generally been reclaimed.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
A Naval Officer who has seen her says she is lying in shallow water—6 fathoms—bottom upwards looking like a stranded whale.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The sides generally rather shallow, heads of exquisite form and well defined.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
If we have dry weather the water will, at the next shallow level, fall off two strokes per minute before the next lift is in fork.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for shallow
having little depth
lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial
(often plural) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal
to make or become shallow
- shallowly, adverb
- shallowness, noun
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