What does shelve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put offverb

    hold back to a later time

    "let's postpone the exam"

  2. shelveverb

    place on a shelf

    "shelve books"


  1. shelvenoun

    A rocky ledge or shelf.

  2. shelveverb

    to place on a shelf

    The library needs volunteers to help shelve books.

  3. shelveverb

    to store, set aside, quit, or halt

    They shelved the entire project when they heard how much it would cost.

  4. shelveverb

    to have sex with

  5. Etymology: From (plural of) shelf.


  1. shelve

    Şəlvə (Shalva) is a village in the Lachin District of Azerbaijan.


  1. shelve

    To shelve means to place, store, or display something on a shelf. It can also mean to decide not to continue with a plan or project, either temporarily or permanently. The term is often used in the context of books, projects, ideas, or policies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shelveverb

    to furnish with shelves; as, to shelve a closet or a library

  2. Shelveverb

    to place on a shelf. Hence: To lay on the shelf; to put aside; to dismiss from service; to put off indefinitely; as, to shelve an officer; to shelve a claim

  3. Shelveverb

    to incline gradually; to be slopping; as, the bottom shelves from the shore

  4. Etymology: [Perhapss originally from the same source as shallow, but influenced by shelf a ledge, a platform.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shelve

    shelv, v.t. to furnish with shelves: to place on a shelf; to put aside.—n. Shel′ving, the furnishing with shelves: the act of placing on a shelf: shelves or materials for shelves.

  2. Shelve

    shelv, v.i. to slope, incline.—n. a ledge.—n. Shel′ving, a shelving place: (rare) a bank.—adj. Shel′vy, sloping, shallow. [Prob. ult. from Ice. skelgja-sk, to come askew—skjálgr, wry.]

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  1. helves

  2. shevel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shelve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shelve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of shelve in a Sentence

  1. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart:

    Compared to earlier in the year, we know a lot more and can shelve some concerns, we are getting closer and closer to what feels like a healed state.

  2. Adam Liu:

    So far, it seems that Xi badly needs a fast recovery of the economy, and has chosen to shelve the debt problem for later.

  3. Dianne Feinstein:

    History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say 'never again', there may never be the right time to release this report. ... But this report is too important to shelve indefinitely.

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