from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flat, usually rectangular structure composed of a rigid material, such as wood, glass, or metal, fixed at right angles to a wall or other vertical surface and used to hold or store objects.
- n. The contents or capacity of such a structure.
- n. Something, such as a projecting ledge of rock or a balcony, that resembles such a structure.
- n. A reef, sandbar, or shoal.
- n. Bedrock.
- idiom off the shelf From ready-made merchandise in stock: supplies that were available off the shelf.
- idiom on the shelf In a state of disuse.
- idiom on the shelf Unemployed.
- idiom on the shelf Out of circulation.
- idiom on the shelf Retired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flat, rigid, rectangular structure, fixed at right angles to a wall, and used to support, store or display objects.
- n. The capacity of such an object; as, a shelf of videos.
- n. A projecting ledge that resembles such an object.
- n. A reef, shoal or sandbar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects of use or ornament.
- n. A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships.
- n. A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock.
- n. A piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thin slab or plank, a piece of marble, slate, wood, or other material, generally long and narrow, fixed horizontally to a wall, and used for supporting small objects; in general, a narrow flat surface, horizontal or nearly so, and raised above a larger surface, as of a floor or the ground.
- n. In ship-building, an inner timber, or line of timbers, following the sheer of the vessel, and bolted to the inner side of ribs, to strengthen the frame and sustain the deck-beams. See cut under beam, 3.
- n. The charging-bed of a furnace.
- n. In scissors, the bottom of the countersink which receives the head of the screw uniting the two blades
- Same as shelve.
- n. A rock, ledge of rocks, reef, or sand-bank in the sea, rendering the water shallow and dangerous to ships; a reef or shoal; a shallow spot.
- n. A projecting layer or ledge of rock on land.
- n. The bed-rock; the surface of the bed-rock; the rock first met with after removing or sinking through the superficial detritus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water
- n. a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
_Shaab-al-Yadayn_, it is to be noted that it is a great shelf far to seaward of the northern end of the great bay, all of it above water, like two extended arms with their hands wide open, whence its Arabic name which signifies _shelf of the hands_.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 06 Arranged in Systematic Order: Forming a Complete History of the Origin and Progress of Navigation, Discovery, and Commerce, by Sea and Land, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time
The term shelf life refers to how long an item can remain in storage and still be functional.
When I here the term shelf, I think of the ice as a cantilevered beam with little structural support underneath, attempting to support it's own weight.
Trust me on this one — the book you'll get on the shelf is the writer's cut, and you wouldn't like the writing as much if I didn't go through and do the trimming on this draft.
The manga shelf is also alphabetical by cartoonist, or in the case of books with an individual writer and artist - by writer (sorry artists, I had to make them fit into my system somehow).
It did what it calls "shelf tests," timing how long it took shoppers to find new packages of Colgate Total Advanced Whitening and other variations, versus older packages.
A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend. —
Above the shelf is a Rusty Brown original by Chris Ware, and a portrait of myself and my wife by my pal Jim Blanchard.
In this shelf is a collection of other books: McGuffey's Readers* from the 1800's, The Art-Literature Readers, Best Loved Poems of the American People (has a lot of inspirational, can-do poetry from the past), America Revisited* and Gaining Favor With God and Man.
I also feel itâ€ ™ s about time I extended my reach beyond genre, so on the shelf is a collection of essays by Jerome K. Jerome and the next volume of Vilhelm Mobergâ€ ™ s Emigrants series, about Swedish emigrants to the US in the nineteenth century.