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

  • n. Plural of shelf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of shelf.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of shelve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of shelf.


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  • I have learned that every single book on the shelves is there because people loved it.

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  • Access to high shelves is a simple matter of reaching, and over a given period you tend to walk faster and further along the same stretch of sidewalk than people with a considerably lower-lying center of gravity; being tall can be efficient.

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  • His debut science fiction novel, Orphanage, flew off the shelves from the day it was released.

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  • It got rarer and rarer for me to find a group whose album I would buy unheard, and now my very occasional peek at the cd shelves is only motivated by a specific desire to find something particular – on these, the only occasions I even go to the store to buy music now, usually I will buy only 1 CD.

    ‘Music is my absolute SOUL’

  • The packaging for Taza's chocolate discs is so simple it makes it unique and it stands out on store shelves from a distance.

    Taza Chocolate

  • Using free-standing shelves is an old favorite and something that adds beauty to the space it adorns.

    Two Cool Decorative Storage Items, Milan 2010

  • Keep all the accessories in shelves that are separate from your clothes.

    Twinni Wardrobe by M&G Interior Founders

  • Features: Living room with fireplace flanked by built-in shelves, formal dining room with window seat, updated kitchen, sleeping porch.

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  • Remembering what you read in the books that Free Kingdomers have managed to sneak onto Librarian shelves is an important step toward throwing off the yoke of ignorance.


  • This may be hard to imagine, but when authors have a new book come out, we sometimes obsess over how it's doing: who's reviewing it, what's its Amazon ranking, how many goodread shelves is it on?

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