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

  • n. Shelves considered as a group.
  • n. Material for shelves.
  • n. An incline; a slope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of shelve.
  • n. Shelves collectively.
  • n. The side-rails of a cart or waggon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sloping gradually; inclining.
  • n. The act of fitting up shelves.
  • n. The act of laying on a shelf, or on the shelf; putting off or aside.
  • n. Material for shelves; shelves, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Materials for shelves, or shelves collectively.
  • n. The act of placing or arranging on a shelf or shelves: as, the shelving of one's books; hence, the act of putting away, off, or aside.
  • n. In husbandry, an open frame fitted to a wagon or cart to enable it to receive a larger load of some light material, as hay or leaves.
  • n. Sloping.
  • n. A shelvy place; a bank or reef.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • If you’re the type who leaves things behind and lets things accumulate unattended — basically, a household procrastinator — then no amount of storage bins or shelving is going to change your behaviour.

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