shingles

[ shing-guhlz ]

noun(used with a singular or plural verb)Pathology.
  1. a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus, especially by reactivated virus in an older person, characterized by skin eruptions and pain along the course of involved sensory nerves.

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Origin of shingles

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First recorded in 1350–1400; from Medieval Latin cingulum, in Latin: “girdle,” from cingere “to gird, cinch” (cf. cincture); translation of Greek zṓnē “belt” or zōstḗr “girdle”; see zone, zoster

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How to use shingles in a sentence

  • It was built of logs and roofed with rough cedar shingles hand-split on the spot.

    The Gold Trail | Harold Bindloss
  • Red or giant cedar, which rivals the Douglas fir in girth, is plentiful, and is used for shingles as well as for interior work.

  • You would think that a man with a wooden leg was having a fit on the shingles right over our heads.

  • The polite thing for him to do would be to step down on the shingles and walk around them, but does he do it?

  • He gives the nearest youngster a vicious peck that makes him jump in the air and land sprawling a few feet down on the shingles.

British Dictionary definitions for shingles

shingles

/ (ˈʃɪŋɡəlz) /


noun
  1. (functioning as singular) an acute viral disease affecting the ganglia of certain nerves, characterized by inflammation, pain, and skin eruptions along the course of the affected nerve: Technical names: herpes zoster, zoster

Origin of shingles

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C14: from Medieval Latin cingulum girdle, rendering Greek zōnē zone

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Scientific definitions for shingles

shingles

[ shĭnggəlz ]


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