shelve

1
[ shelv ]
/ ʃɛlv /

verb (used with object), shelved, shelv·ing.

to place (something) on a shelf or shelves.
to put off or aside from consideration: to shelve the question.
to remove from active use or service; dismiss.
to furnish with shelves.

Origin of shelve

1
First recorded in 1585–95; v. use of shelve(s)

Related forms

shelv·er, noun

Definition for shelve (2 of 2)

shelve

2
[ shelv ]
/ ʃɛlv /

verb (used without object), shelved, shelv·ing.

to slope gradually.

Origin of shelve

2
1580–90; origin uncertain; compare Frisian skelf not quite level
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British Dictionary definitions for shelve (1 of 2)

shelve

1
/ (ʃɛlv) /

verb (tr)

to place on a shelf
to provide with shelves
to put aside or postpone from consideration
to dismiss or cause to retire

Derived Forms

shelver, noun

Word Origin for shelve

C16: from shelves, plural of shelf

British Dictionary definitions for shelve (2 of 2)

shelve

2
/ (ʃɛlv) /

verb

(intr) to slope away gradually; incline

Word Origin for shelve

C16: origin uncertain
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