What does shelve mean?

Definitions for shelve
ʃɛlvshelve

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

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"

Wiktionary

  1. shelvenoun

    A rocky ledge or shelf.

    Etymology: From (plural of) shelf.

  2. shelveverb

    to place on a shelf

    The library needs volunteers to help shelve books.

    Etymology: From (plural of) shelf.

  3. shelveverb

    to store, set aside, quit, or halt

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

    Etymology: From (plural of) shelf.

  4. shelveverb

    to have sex with

    Etymology: From (plural of) shelf.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shelveverb

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

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

  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

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

  3. Shelveverb

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

    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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. 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.

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