What does shingle mean?

Definitions for shingle
ˈʃɪŋ gəlshin·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shingle, shakenoun

    building material used as siding or roofing

  2. shinglenoun

    coarse beach gravel of small waterworn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)

  3. shingleverb

    a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.

  4. shingleverb

    cover with shingles

    "shingle a roof"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shinglenoun

    A thin board to cover houses.

    Etymology: schindel, Germ.

    The best to cleave, is the most useful for pales, laths, shingles, and wainscot. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shinglenoun

    round, water-worn, and loose gravel and pebbles, or a collection of roundish stones, such as are common on the seashore and elsewhere

  2. Shinglenoun

    a piece of wood sawed or rived thin and small, with one end thinner than the other, -- used in covering buildings, especially roofs, the thick ends of one row overlapping the thin ends of the row below

  3. Shinglenoun

    a sign for an office or a shop; as, to hang out one's shingle

  4. Shingleverb

    to cover with shingles; as, to shingle a roof

  5. Shingleverb

    to cut, as hair, so that the ends are evenly exposed all over the head, as shingles on a roof

  6. Shingleverb

    to subject to the process of shindling, as a mass of iron from the pudding furnace

  7. Etymology: [Prob. from Norw. singl, singling, coarse gravel, small round stones.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shingle

    shing′gl, n. wood sawed or split thin, used instead of slates or tiles, for roofing houses: (U.S.) a small sign-board or plate.—v.t. to cover with shingles: to crop the hair very close.—adjs. Shing′led, Shing′le-roofed, having the roof covered with shingles.—ns. Shing′ler; Shing′ling. [Low L. scindula, a wooden tile—L. scindĕre, to split.]

  2. Shingle

    shing′gl, n. the coarse gravel on the shores of rivers or of the sea.—adj. Shing′ly. [Orig. single—Norw. singel, singling, shingle—singla, freq. of singa, to ring.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shingle

    Coarse gravel, or stones rounded by the action of water; it is used as ballast.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shingle is ranked #86314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shingle surname appeared 216 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shingle.

    80% or 173 total occurrences were White.
    12.9% or 28 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shingle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shingle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of shingle in a Sentence

  1. John Koch:

    If a shingle or two blows off, that’s not an issue, but if it continuously blows off, it’s time to replace.

  2. Even Gori:

    I set up a stand at a holiday bazaar over Thanksgiving weekend at a local farmers market. We prepared blue corn pozole and vegan pipian rojo, put up a little stand and hung up our shingle.

  3. Bill Collins:

    It may be a torn shingle, flashing installed improperly or a missing ridge cap.

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