What does shelf mean?

Definitions for shelf
ʃɛlfshelf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shelf.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shelf(noun)

    a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects

  2. ledge, shelf(noun)

    a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water

Wiktionary

  1. shelf(Noun)

    A flat, rigid, rectangular structure, fixed at right angles to a wall, and used to support, store or display objects.

    Etymology: Probably from scylfe; distantly related to sculpt, carve and shell.

  2. shelf(Noun)

    The capacity of such an object; as, a shelf of videos.

    Etymology: Probably from scylfe; distantly related to sculpt, carve and shell.

  3. shelf(Noun)

    A projecting ledge that resembles such an object.

    Etymology: Probably from scylfe; distantly related to sculpt, carve and shell.

  4. shelf(Noun)

    A reef, shoal or sandbar.

    Etymology: Probably from scylfe; distantly related to sculpt, carve and shell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shelf(verb)

    a flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects of use or ornament

    Etymology: [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS. scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skjlf. In senses 2 & 3, perhaps a different word (cf. Shelve, v. i.).]

  2. Shelf(verb)

    a sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships

    Etymology: [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS. scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skjlf. In senses 2 & 3, perhaps a different word (cf. Shelve, v. i.).]

  3. Shelf(verb)

    a stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock

    Etymology: [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS. scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skjlf. In senses 2 & 3, perhaps a different word (cf. Shelve, v. i.).]

  4. Shelf(verb)

    a piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads

    Etymology: [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS. scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skjlf. In senses 2 & 3, perhaps a different word (cf. Shelve, v. i.).]

Freebase

  1. Shelf

    Shelf is a village in West Yorkshire, England. The village is situated halfway between Bradford and Halifax. It has a population of 4,496. In the Domesday Book it is called Scelf. From 1937 to 1974, Shelf formed part of Queensbury and Shelf, an urban district in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Queensbury and Shelf consisted of Queensbury and Shelf. Queensbury and Shelf was split in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, with the Shelf part going to the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, and the rest going to the Metropolitan Borough of Bradford. Shelf is a village impacted by the Industrial Revolution and retains mill buildings along with other artefacts. Much-travelled footballer Frank Worthington was born in the village, as were Linda Barker and veteran Blue Peter presenter John Noakes. Shelf village centre has many shops and facilities such as a bakery and pharmacy. There is a local supermarket managed by the Lidl group.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shelf

    shelf, n. a board fixed on a wall, &c., for laying things on: a flat layer of rock: a ledge: a shoal: a sandbank:—pl. Shelves (shelvz).—adj. Shelf′y.—Put, Lay, on the Shelf, to put aside from duty or service. [A.S. scylfe, a plank, Ice. skjálf, a bench.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shelf

    A dangerous beach bounded by a ledge of flat rocks a-wash. In icy regions, (see TONGUE).

Editors Contribution

  1. shelf

    A type of structure and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    A shelf is practical in a room in the house and people buy for them for a wide variety of purposes

    Submitted by MaryC on July 21, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shelf' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4436

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shelf' in Nouns Frequency: #1518

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shelf in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shelf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of shelf in a Sentence

  1. Behzad Aghazadeh:

    If it plays out, it would be a game-changer of a company, any reasonable person would say, 'I'll take the off the shelf product.'.

  2. Williams Grey:

    Reducing a beautiful, sentient whale to an ingredient on the side of a beer bottle is about as immoral and outrageous as it is possible to get, the brewery may claim that this is just a novelty product with a short shelf life, but what price the life of an endangered whale which might have lived to be 90 years?

  3. Dileep Yavagal:

    We do suspect that there is some time effect based on laboratory data, so giving them earlier use of cells ‘off the shelf’ may have a larger benefit.

  4. Mark Belford:

    Fashion is not something you can solve with math, fashion – you either get it or you don’t, and it either sells or it sits on the shelf.

  5. Justin Gatlin:

    A lot of people think it was a gift and a curse, i think it gave me a little more shelf life to come back. But it also gave me a little more push to come back and prove I am Justin Gatlin.

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