Origin of shoal

1
before 900; (adj.) Middle English (Scots) shald, Old English sceald shallow; (noun and v.) derivative of the adj.

Synonyms for shoal

shoal

2
[shohl]

noun

any large number of persons or things.
a school of fish.

verb (used without object)

to collect in a shoal; throng.

Origin of shoal

2
1570–80; earlier shole, probably < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schōle, with sound-substitution of sh- for Low German skh-; cf. school2
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British Dictionary definitions for shoaling

shoal

1

noun

a stretch of shallow water
a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water

verb

to make or become shallow
(intr) nautical to sail into shallower water

adjective Also: shoaly

a less common word for shallow
nautical (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water
Derived Formsshoaliness, noun

Word Origin for shoal

Old English sceald shallow

shoal

2

noun

a large group of certain aquatic animals, esp fish
a large group of people or things

verb

(intr) to collect together in such a group

Word Origin for shoal

Old English scolu; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōle school ²
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Word Origin and History for shoaling

shoal

n.1

"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.

shoal

n.2

"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.

shoal

v.

"assemble in a multitude," c.1600, from shoal (n.2). Related: Shoaled; shoaling.

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shoaling in Science

shoal

[shōl]

A submerged mound or ridge of sediment in a body of shallow water.
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