Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To place or arrange on a shelf.
  • transitive v. To put away as though on a shelf; put aside: "As usual, Dixon shelved this question” ( Kingsley Amis). See Synonyms at defer1.
  • transitive v. To cause to retire from service; dismiss.
  • transitive v. To furnish or outfit with shelves.
  • intransitive v. To slope gradually; incline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to place on a shelf
  • v. to store, set aside, quit, or halt
  • v. to have sex with
  • n. A rocky ledge or shelf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To incline gradually; to be slopping.
  • transitive v. To furnish with shelves.
  • transitive v. To place on a shelf. Hence: To lay on the shelf; to put aside; to dismiss from service; to put off indefinitely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place on a shelf: as, to shelve books.
  • To lay by on a shelf; put away or aside as disposed of or not needed; hence, to put off or neglect: as, to shelve a question or a claim.
  • To furnish with shelves, as a room or closet.
  • To slope; incline.
  • To incline or tip (a cart) so as to discharge its load.
  • n. A shelf or ledge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hold back to a later time
  • v. place on a shelf

Etymologies

From shelf (on the model of such pairs as calf, calve).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From (plural of) shelf. (Wiktionary)

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