a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water
A flat, rigid, rectangular structure, fixed at right angles to a wall, and used to support, store or display objects.
The capacity of such an object; as, a shelf of videos.
A projecting ledge that resembles such an object.
A reef, shoal or sandbar.
Origin: Probably from scylfe; distantly related to sculpt, carve and shell.
a flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects of use or ornament
a sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships
a stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock
a piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads
Origin: [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS. scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skjlf. In senses 2 & 3, perhaps a different word (cf. Shelve, v. i.).]
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
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
A dangerous beach bounded by a ledge of flat rocks a-wash. In icy regions, (see TONGUE).
A type of rock surface shaped like a shelf, especially on a mountain or underwater.
Divers find a variety of shelves underwater and take beautiful photos and videos of them for others to have the joy of seeing.Submitted by MaryC on July 21, 2016
A type of structure and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles used to place or put something on.
A shelf is practical in a room in the house and people buy for them for a wide variety of purposesSubmitted by MaryC on July 21, 2016
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Rank popularity for the word 'shelf' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4436
Rank popularity for the word 'shelf' in Nouns Frequency: #1518
The numerical value of shelf in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of shelf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of shelf in a Sentence
High fashion has the shelf life of potato salad.
I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.
(It) doesn’t belong on the shelf, it belongs in the shredder.
It will be very easy to use, off-the-shelf and readily available.
There is more stupidity then hydrogen in the universe and it has a longer shelf life.
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Translations for shelf
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- полица, шелфBulgarian
- estant, prestatgeCatalan, Valencian
- Regal, SchelfGerman
- estante, cordón, estantería, banco, balda, anaquel, arrecifeSpanish
- étagère, rayonnage, rayon, tablardFrench
- sgeilpScottish Gaelic
- շելֆ, դարակArmenian
- mensola, ripiano, scaffaleItalian
- paenga, whataMāori
- rek, schap, legplankDutch
- hylleNorwegian Nynorsk
- prateleira, estantePortuguese
- полка, шельфRussian
- пличина, шелф, полица, pličina, šelf, policaSerbo-Croatian
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