Definitions for: Shallow

[n] a stretch of shallow water
[adj] lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension; downward ("shallow water"; "a shallow dish"); or inward from an outer surface ("a shallow cut"); or backward ("a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"); or outward from a center ((sports) "hit the ball to shallow left field")
[adj] not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply; "shallow breathing"; "a night of shallow fretful sleep"; "in a shallow trance"
[adj] lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious; "shallow people"; "his arguments seemed shallow and tedious"
[v] become shallow; "the lake shallowed over time"
[v] make shallow; "The silt shallowed the canal"

Webster (1913) Definition: Shal"low, a. [Compar. Shallower; superl.
Shallowest.] [OE. schalowe, probably originally, sloping or
shelving; cf. Icel. skj[=a]lgr wry, squinting, AS. sceolh, D.
& G. scheel, OHG. schelah. Cf. Shelve to slope, Shoal
1. Not deep; having little depth; shoal. ``Shallow brooks,
and rivers wide.'' --Milton.

2. Not deep in tone. [R.]

The sound perfecter and not so shallow and jarring.

3. Not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating
deeply; simple; not wise or knowing; ignorant;
superficial; as, a shallow mind; shallow learning.

The king was neither so shallow, nor so ill
advertised, as not to perceive the intention of the
French king. --Bacon.

Deep versed in books, and shallow in himself.

Shal"low, n.
1. A place in a body of water where the water is not deep; a
shoal; a flat; a shelf.

A swift stream is not heard in the channel, but upon
shallows of gravel. --Bacon.

Dashed on the shallows of the moving sand. --Dryden.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The rudd. [Prov. Eng.]

Shal"low, v. t.
To make shallow. --Sir T. Browne.

Shal"low, v. i.
To become shallow, as water.

Synonyms: ankle-deep, fordable, knee-deep, light, reefy, shelfy, shelvy, shoal, shoal, shoal, shoaly, skin-deep, superficial, surface(a), wakeful

Antonyms: deep

See Also: alter, body of water, change, water

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