noun, plural shelves [shelvz]. /ʃɛlvz/.
- a sandbank or submerged extent of rock in the sea or river.
- the bedrock underlying an alluvial deposit or the like.
- continental shelf.
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Idioms for shelf
- put aside temporarily; postponed.
- inactive; useless.
- without prospects of marriage, as after having broken an engagement.
Origin of shelf
OTHER WORDS FROM shelfshelflike, adjective
Words nearby shelf
Example sentences from the Web for shelf
The 10-inch-deep shelf up top is a great place for placing plants, picture frames, keys, lamps, or any other odds and ends the space might require, too.Garment racks for maximizing space in every type of room|PopSci Commerce Team|September 9, 2020|Popular Science
The empty supermarket shelves and shortages of medical supplies of recent months have driven home the fact that supply chain stability is not just a business issue.COVID-19 and climate change expose the dangers of unstable supply chains|matthewheimer|August 27, 2020|Fortune
Even when you’re anxious, you’re delivering those packages, stocking those shelves, and doing all that essential work so that all of us can keep moving forward.
It’s not the first product to be torn from shelves, physical or otherwise.Environment Report: One Way to Force Companies to Emit Less Carbon|MacKenzie Elmer|August 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
You can add robe hooks to the back of the door and install a hotel towel shelf above the commode where towels are out of the way but easily accessible.
But by far the most interesting object, which held enormous fascination for me, sat high up on the top shelf.
She reassumed slave posture while Couple grabbed two magnetized clamps and a collection of circular magnets from a nearby shelf.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And much of it, unlike Pappy, is right there on the shelf, humbly, quietly waiting to be tried.
The men preside over three display cases, each with three shelves, seven comic books per shelf.
On the top shelf, sandwiched between Detective Comics No.27 and Superman No.1, are three issues of Actions Comics No.1.
On a shelf near one of these windows stood the little Madonna, again wreathed with vines as in San Pasquale.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
The walls were painted blue, the skirting almost a third of the height, and so wide at the top as to form a narrow shelf.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
On a shelf above the divan, however, were many books, and Gwynne ran his eye over them.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Kerry crossed the room, laid his oilskin and cane upon a chair, and from the shelf where it reposed took a squat volume.Dope|Sax Rohmer
Moodily he stood there, one hand on the high mantel shelf, one foot upon an andiron, his eyes upon the flames.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for shelf
noun plural shelves (ʃɛlvz)
Derived forms of shelfshelflike, adjective
Word Origin for shelf
Scientific definitions for shelf
Idioms and Phrases with shelf
see off the shelf; on the shelf.