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Dictionary Definition

shelf

Noun

1 a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
2 a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water [syn: ledge] [also: shelves (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Probably from scylfe (deck of a ship); distantly related to sculpt, "carve" and shell.

Pronunciation

/ʃɛlf/

Noun

  1. A flat, rigid, rectangular structure, fixed at right angles to a wall, and used to support, store or display objects.
  2. The capacity of such an object; as, a shelf of videos.
  3. A projecting ledge that resembles such an object.
  4. A reef, shoal or sandbar.

Synonyms

Translations

structure
capacity
projecting ledge resembling a shelf
reef, shoal, sandbar

Extensive Definition

A shelf is a detail of furniture for storing items.
It may also refer to:

See also

shelf in Czech: Šelf
shelf in Simple English: Shelf

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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