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.
- shelf angle,
- shelf fungus,
- shelf ice,
- shelf life,
- shelf mark
- put aside temporarily; postponed.
- inactive; useless.
- without prospects of marriage, as after having broken an engagement.
Origin of shelf
Examples from the Web for shelf
And much of it, unlike Pappy, is right there on the shelf, humbly, quietly waiting to be tried.
But how much easier, he says with disdain, for those who just buy whiskey off the shelf and market it.Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana|Eric Felten|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But others argue that its shelf life is longer than we might think.An Ode to the Trench Coat: The Burberry vs. The Lloyd Dobler|Sara Lieberman|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A military helmet that the artist himself wore on the Maidan occupied an important spot on the shelf.Making Art Out of Ukraine’s Bullets and Barricades|Anna Nemtsova|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was the first store where I saw my first book displayed on the shelf.
Then he would light his pipe or his cigar and take from the shelf the uppermost copy of the pile of Daily Republicans there.From Place to Place|Irvin S. Cobb
"He will melt if you leave him on that shelf near the hot stove," went on the cook.The Story of a Candy Rabbit|Laura Lee Hope
The morning of the 9th being clear, we set sail from this shelf, and took harbour within a great shelf called Shaab-al-Yadayn.
As a matter of course, they went in, and had a good meal off a loaf which the careless table-maid had left standing on the shelf.The Animal Story Book|Various
It was on a shelf in the room where you slept—not the last time, but when you were here about three weeks ago.Recollections of a Policeman|William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
noun plural shelves (ʃɛlvz)
Word Origin for shelf
late 14c., from Middle Low German schelf "shelf, set of shelves," or from Old English cognate scylfe, which perhaps meant "shelf, ledge, floor," and scylf "peak, pinnacle," from Proto-Germanic *skelf- "split," possibly from the notion of a split piece of wood (cf. Old Norse skjölf "bench"), from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).
Shelf life first recorded 1927. Phrase on the shelf "out of the way, inactive" is attested from 1570s; of unmarried women with no prospects from 1839. Off the shelf "ready-made" is from 1936. Meaning "ledge of rock" is from 1809, perhaps from or influenced by shelf (n.2). Related: Shelves.
"sandbank," 1540s, of unknown origin. Related: Shelfy "abounding in sandbanks."
see off the shelf; on the shelf.