Definitions for: Shelf


[n] a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
[n] a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water



Webster (1913) Definition: Shelf, n.; pl. Shelves. [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS.
scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skj[=a]lf. In senses 2 & 3,
perhaps a different word (cf. Shelve, v. i.).]
1. (Arch.) A flat tablet or ledge of any material set
horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects
of use or ornament.

2. A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks,
rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships.

On the tawny sands and shelves. --Milton.

On the secret shelves with fury cast. --Dryden.

3. (Mining) A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat,
projecting layer of rock.

4. (Naut.) A piece of timber running the whole length of a
vessel inside the timberheads. --D. Kemp.

To lay on the shelf, to lay aside as unnecessary or
useless; to dismiss; to discard.

Synonyms: ledge

See Also: bookcase, bookshelf, buffet, bureau, cabinet, chest, chest of drawers, chimneypiece, closet, counter, dresser, etagere, food market, grocery, grocery store, hob, mantel, mantelpiece, mantle, mantlepiece, market, overmantel, ridge, sideboard, support

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