shelf


shelf
shelf1
noun (plural shelves)
1》 a flat length of wood or rigid material attached to a wall or forming part of a piece of furniture, providing a surface for the storage or display of objects.
2》 a ledge of rock or protruding strip of land.
    ↘a submarine bank, or a part of the continental shelf.
Phrases
off the shelf not designed or made to order.
on the shelf
1》 no longer useful or desirable.
2》 past an age when one might expect to be married.
Derivatives
shelf-ful noun (plural shelf-fuls).
shelf-like adjective
Origin
ME: from Mid. Low Ger. schelf; related to OE scylfe 'partition', scylf 'crag'.
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shelf2 Austral./NZ
informal
noun (plural shelfs) an informer.
verb inform on.
Origin
1930s: prob. from the phr. on the shelf 'out of the way'.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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