- a place where a sea, river, or other body of water is shallow.
- a sandbank or sand bar in the bed of a body of water, especially one that is exposed above the surface of the water at low tide.
- of little depth, as water; shallow.
- to become shallow or more shallow.
- to cause to become shallow.
- Nautical. to sail so as to lessen the depth of (the water under a vessel).
Origin of shoal1
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Examples from the Web for shoaler
The tide was now running out, and consequently the more we neared the shore, the shoaler the water got.Canadian Wilds
The shoaler areas are usually indicated by sanding the outer limit or the entire area within the depth curve.Nautical Charts
G. R. Putnam
The bottom is of rocks, gravel, and mud; the shoaler portions are sharp and rocky.
The bottom is rocky on the shoaler parts, with gravel and pebbles on the edges.
- a stretch of shallow water
- a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water
- to make or become shallow
- (intr) nautical to sail into shallower water
- a less common word for shallow
- nautical (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water
- a large group of certain aquatic animals, esp fish
- a large group of people or things
- (intr) to collect together in such a group
Word Origin and History for shoaler
"place of shallow water," c.1300, from Old English schealde (adj.), from sceald "shallow," from Proto-Germanic *skala- (cf. Swedish skäll "thin;" Low German schol, Frisian skol "not deep"), of uncertain origin. The terminal -d was dropped 16c.
"large number" (especially of fish), 1570s, apparently identical with Old English scolu "band, troop, crowd of fish" (see school (n.2)); but perhaps rather a 16c. adoption of cognate Middle Dutch schole.
"assemble in a multitude," c.1600, from shoal (n.2). Related: Shoaled; shoaling.
- A submerged mound or ridge of sediment in a body of shallow water.