What does shale mean?

Definitions for shale
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shalenoun

    a sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clay

Wiktionary

  1. shalenoun

    A shell or husk; a cod or pod.

    Etymology: schale 'shell, husk; scale', from scealu 'shell, husk, pod', from skalō (confer West Frisian skaal 'dish', Dutch schaal 'shell', German Schale 'husk, pod'), from (s)kelo- 'split, cleaved' (confer Lithuanian skalà 'splinter', Old Church Slavonic 'rock, stone', Albanian halë 'fish bone, splinter', Sanskrit 'small part'), from *(s)kel- 'to split, cleave' (confer Hittite iškalla 'to tear apart, slit open', Lithuanian skélti 'to split', Ancient Greek 'to hoe, harrow').

  2. shalenoun

    A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure.

    Etymology: schale 'shell, husk; scale', from scealu 'shell, husk, pod', from skalō (confer West Frisian skaal 'dish', Dutch schaal 'shell', German Schale 'husk, pod'), from (s)kelo- 'split, cleaved' (confer Lithuanian skalà 'splinter', Old Church Slavonic 'rock, stone', Albanian halë 'fish bone, splinter', Sanskrit 'small part'), from *(s)kel- 'to split, cleave' (confer Hittite iškalla 'to tear apart, slit open', Lithuanian skélti 'to split', Ancient Greek 'to hoe, harrow').

  3. shaleverb

    To take off the shell or coat of.

    Etymology: schale 'shell, husk; scale', from scealu 'shell, husk, pod', from skalō (confer West Frisian skaal 'dish', Dutch schaal 'shell', German Schale 'husk, pod'), from (s)kelo- 'split, cleaved' (confer Lithuanian skalà 'splinter', Old Church Slavonic 'rock, stone', Albanian halë 'fish bone, splinter', Sanskrit 'small part'), from *(s)kel- 'to split, cleave' (confer Hittite iškalla 'to tear apart, slit open', Lithuanian skélti 'to split', Ancient Greek 'to hoe, harrow').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shalenoun

    a shell or husk; a cod or pod

    Etymology: [AS. scealy, scalu. See Scalme, and cf. Shell.]

  2. Shalenoun

    a fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure

    Etymology: [AS. scealy, scalu. See Scalme, and cf. Shell.]

  3. Shaleverb

    to take off the shell or coat of; to shell

    Etymology: [AS. scealy, scalu. See Scalme, and cf. Shell.]

Freebase

  1. Shale

    Shale is a fine-grained, clastic sedimentary rock composed of mud that is a mix of flakes of clay minerals and tiny fragments of other minerals, especially quartz and calcite. The ratio of clay to other minerals is variable. Shale is characterized by breaks along thin laminae or parallel layering or bedding less than one centimeter in thickness, called fissility. Mudstones, on the other hand, are similar in composition but do not show the fissility.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shale

    shāl, n. clay or argillaceous material, splitting readily into thin laminæ.—adj. Shā′ly. [Ger. schale, a scale.]

  2. Shale

    shāl, n. a shell or husk. [A.S. sceale.]

Editors Contribution

  1. shale

    Is a type of material.

    Some shale can be changed to oil or natural gas.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 9, 2015  

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  1. hales

  2. Selah

  3. leash

  4. heals

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shale in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of shale in a Sentence

  1. Viraphonh Viravong:

    Some companies are on the very preliminary basis looking at the possibility of finding shale gas, we have a few deposits of coal, but it's scattered and not in blocks, so they expect shale gas to be trapped around those areas and so will be looking at that instead of oil.

  2. Stefan Ladage:

    Gas production from domestic resources has been falling for 10 years, using shale gas resources in Germany primarily bears the potential of mitigating part of the ongoing decline.

  3. Bill Loveless:

    It’s not that surprising when you think of it, the oil producers have been pushing hard on this for several years now, and the push has gotten greater as the production from the shale formations has increased.

  4. Bjarne Schieldrop:

    You need the low price to slow down shale much faster.

  5. Tim Hames:

    It's a huge development across the piece. It's a bit like the impact shale is having in oil and gas. It's a completely new sort of supply.

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