from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A submerged border of a continent that slopes gradually and extends to a point of steeper descent to the ocean bottom.
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- noun nautical The area of
seaaround a land mass where the depth gradually increasesbefore it plungesinto the ocean deeps
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- noun the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continent
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