a thin piece of wood, slate, metal, asbestos, or the like, usually oblong, laid in overlapping rows to cover the roofs and walls of buildings.
a woman's close-cropped haircut.
Informal. a small signboard, especially as hung before a doctor's or lawyer's office.
to cover with shingles, as a roof.
to cut (hair) close to the head.
Idioms about shingle
hang out one's shingle, Informal. to establish a professional practice, especially in law or medicine; open an office.
have / be a shingle short, Australian Slang. to be mentally disturbed, mad, or eccentric.
- shingler, noun
Other definitions for shingle (2 of 3)
small, waterworn stones or pebbles such as lie in loose sheets or beds on a beach.
a beach, riverbank, or other area covered with such small pebbles or stones.
Other definitions for shingle (3 of 3)
to hammer or squeeze (puddled iron) into a bloom or billet, eliminating as much slag as possible; knobble.
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How to use shingle in a sentence
Fortunately, there’s no gust on planet Earth that could blow GAF’s latest generation of industry-leading shingles away.
GAF’s Timberline HDZ shingles—the first offering to feature the LayerLock system—held fast even when a research facility blasted them with winds as fast as 153 mph, or the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane.
“We underestimated the motivation of the public to protect themselves from shingles, and my hope is that if we prepare the public appropriately, they will be very motivated to protect themselves from covid-19,” she said.‘Absolutely normal’: Covid vaccine side effects are no reason to avoid the shots, doctors say | Allyson Chiu | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
Instead of relying on only nails and adhesive, the company’s LayerLock technology strengthens the shingles from the get-go.
Around Urbana-Champaign, the home of the University of Illinois, school district officials say children and adolescents lay shingles, wash dishes and paint off-campus university apartments.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories | by Melissa Sanchez | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
The shingled old house offered blank windows to the road, like so many sightless eyes.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
A gabled shingled roof was commonly used; wherever they could be afforded, dormer windows were added.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Just behind the barn he built me a lean-to shed, 253 about seventy-five feet long, open toward the east, and shingled rainproof.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
He sleeps at night with his nose against th' shingled roof iv his little frame home an' dhreams iv cinch bugs.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
The furnaces have a mid-rib dividing the product into two balls of 10 cwt., which are shingled under a 10-ton hammer.
British Dictionary definitions for shingle (1 of 3)
a thin rectangular tile, esp one made of wood, that is laid with others in overlapping rows to cover a roof or a wall
a woman's short-cropped hairstyle
US and Canadian a small signboard or nameplate fixed outside the office of a doctor, lawyer, etc
a shingle short Australian informal unintelligent or mentally subnormal
to cover (a roof or a wall) with shingles
to cut (the hair) in a short-cropped style
- shingler, noun
British Dictionary definitions for shingle (2 of 3)
coarse gravel, esp the pebbles found on beaches
a place or area strewn with shingle
- shingly, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for shingle (3 of 3)
(tr) metallurgy to hammer or squeeze the slag out of (iron) after puddling in the production of wrought iron
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shingle
see hang out one's shingle.
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