shelving

[ shel-ving ]
/ ˈʃɛl vɪŋ /

noun

material for shelves.
shelves collectively.

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Origin of shelving

First recorded in 1625–35; shelve1 + -ing1

Definition for shelving (2 of 3)

shelve1
[ 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)

OTHER WORDS FROM shelve

shelv·er, noun

Definition for shelving (3 of 3)

shelve2
[ 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 shelving (1 of 3)

shelving
/ (ˈʃɛlvɪŋ) /

noun

material for making shelves
a set of shelves; shelves collectively

British Dictionary definitions for shelving (2 of 3)

shelve1
/ (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 of shelve

shelver, noun

Word Origin for shelve

C16: from shelves, plural of shelf

British Dictionary definitions for shelving (3 of 3)

shelve2
/ (ʃɛlv) /

verb

(intr) to slope away gradually; incline

Word Origin for shelve

C16: origin uncertain
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