Definitions for shoalʃoʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a place where a sea, river, or other body of water is shallow.

  2. a sandbank or sand bar in the bed of a body of water, esp. one visible at low tide.

  3. (adj.)(of water) shallow.

  4. (v.i.)to become shallow or more shallow.

  5. (v.t.)to make shallow.

  6. to sail so as to lessen the depth of (the water under a vessel).

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of shoal:

bef. 900; (adj.) OE scealdshallow


  1. any large number of persons or things.

  2. a school of fish.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  3. (v.i.)to collect in a shoal; throng.

Origin of shoal:

1570–80; earlier shole, prob. < MD, MLG schōle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoal(noun)

    a sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide

  2. shoal, shallow(noun)

    a stretch of shallow water

  3. school, shoal(verb)

    a large group of fish

    "a school of small glittering fish swam by"

  4. shallow, shoal(verb)

    make shallow

    "The silt shallowed the canal"

  5. shallow, shoal(verb)

    become shallow

    "the lake shallowed over time"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shoal(noun)

    a great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; -- said especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass

  2. Shoal(verb)

    to assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place

  3. Shoal(adj)

    having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water

  4. Shoal(noun)

    a place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow

  5. Shoal(noun)

    a sandbank or bar which makes the water shoal

  6. Shoal(verb)

    to become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals

  7. Shoal(verb)

    to cause to become more shallow; to come to a more shallow part of; as, a ship shoals her water by advancing into that which is less deep

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. shoal

    Shallow, literary, theological. (By extension, Columbia, Harvard, Yale and some other universities are sometimes called shoal-marks.)

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. shoal

    A sandbank or bar that makes water shoal; i.e., a sand-bank that is not rocky and on which there is a water depth of 6 fathoms or less.

Anagrams of shoal

  1. Halos

  2. Shola

  3. Solah

Translations for shoal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a great number of fish swimming together in one place

The fishing-boats were searching for large shoals of fish.

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