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
This is usually the preferred method for fishing shallow waters or targeting pelagic species, which are particularly sensitive to noise.
Martinez explained on multiple occasions that his first step was slower in the outfield, leading to a handful of balls to drop in shallow center.A bulked-up Victor Robles had a down year. He’ll look to fine-tune his game in winter ball. | Jesse Dougherty | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Spoon the combined ingredients into a shallow casserole dish sprayed with cooking oil.Ease into Winter with Backcountry-Approved Comfort Food | Christina Bernstein | November 12, 2020 | Outside Online
All of that said, I think the slightly shallower depth of field is a win for the new larger sensor and I do think there’s a noticeable upgrade from the 12 Pro to the 12 Pro Max, let alone over the previous generations.The iPhone 12 Pro Max might be worth it—for the camera alone | Stan Horaczek | November 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
In these pages, though, that’s a surprisingly shallow trench.Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Arrest’ imagines a kinder, gentler apocalypse | Ron Charles | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Would such shallowness be tolerated in a film about the Battle of Agincourt, immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V?‘300’ Is a Misleading, Muscle-Bound Travesty of Ancient History | James Romm | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But what the debate really showed is the utter shallowness of today's GOP.
The shallowness of the Obama white paper, issued last June, is now only too obvious.
The shallowness and simplicity of the girl baffled her continually.That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
It certainly leads to shallowness, "Without haste, without rest" was Goethe's motto.Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
Their broadsides bore upon the enemy, and the shallowness of the water was such that by no means could they be surrounded.The Naval History of the United States | Willis J. Abbot.
And there was only one way to deal with such shallowness––that was with firm and unmistakable severity.Once to Every Man | Larry Evans
Religion suffers from a narrowness and shallowness which broader and deeper culture must remove.A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
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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