- Geology. a sedimentary structure in which flat pebbles are uniformly tilted in the same direction.
Origin of shingling
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of shingle1
- to hammer or squeeze (puddled iron) into a bloom or billet, eliminating as much slag as possible; knobble.
Origin of shingle3
Examples from the Web for shingling
And Martin would know what to do about shingling the barn and cementing the cellar.The Wall Between
Sara Ware Bassett
The shingling and plate-rolling mill is represented in fig. 597.
How is Tom getting on with his shingling or painting or whatever it is hes doing?The Lucky Seventh
Ralph Henry Barbour
Shingling, painting, glass-setting, and the like were all going forward at once.In a Mysterious Way
He began his attack adroitly by complimenting my new house and by regretting that I was shingling the roof.The House
- 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
- coarse gravel, esp the pebbles found on beaches
- a place or area strewn with shingle
- (tr) metallurgy to hammer or squeeze the slag out of (iron) after puddling in the production of wrought iron
Word Origin and History for shingling
"thin piece of wood," c.1200, scincle, from Late Latin scindula (also the source of German Schindel), altered (by influence of Greek schidax "lath" or schindalmos "splinter") from Latin scandula "roof tile," from scindere "to cleave, split," from PIE root *sked- "to split." Meaning "small signboard" is first attested 1842. Sense of "woman's short haircut" is from 1924; the verb meaning "to cut the hair so as to give the impression of overlapping shingles" is from 1857.
"loose stones on a seashore," 1510s, probably related to Norwegian singl "small stones," or North Frisian singel "gravel," both said to be echoic of the sound of water running over pebbles.
"cover with shingles" (of houses), 1560s, from shingle (n.). Related: Shingled; shingling.
Idioms and Phrases with shingling
see hang out one's shingle.