from The Century Dictionary.
- Shelving; sloping; shallow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Sloping gradually; shelving.
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- adjective etc. Having
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- adjective full of submerged reefs or sandbanks or shoals
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On one side of me lay a wood, than which nature cannot produce a finer, and on the other the Thames, with its shelvy bank and charming lawns rising like an amphitheatre, along which, here and there, one espies a picturesque white house, aspiring in majestic simplicity to pierce the dark foliage of the surrounding trees; thus studding, like stars in the galaxy, the rich expanse of this charming vale.
Lovely is the Rhine! on its shelvy banks grows the racy grape; and strange old keeps of robber-knights of yore are reflected in its waters, from picturesque crags and airy headlands! — yet neither the stately Danube nor the beauteous
I have said before very shelvy; still as she went her eyes were directed towards the wall, which was not always very easy to be seen, for thorns, tall nettles and shrubs, were growing up against it.
I had been drowned, but that the shore was shelvy and shallow, — a death that I abhor; for the water swells
I proceeded slowly along the road, the lake below me on my right hand, whilst the shelvy side of Snowdon rose above me on the left.
I had been drowned but that the shore was shelvy and shallow; a death that I abhor, for the water swells a man, and what a thing should I have been when I had been swelled!
Lovely is the Rhine! on its shelvy banks grows the racy grape; and strange old keeps of robber-knights of yore are reflected in its waters, from picturesque crags and airy headlands!
Half garrulously, and like a shallow brook might brawl across a shelvy bottom, the rhythmic little changeling thus began: --
The route lay between a range of low islands, and a shelvy beach, very monotonous and dreary.
And then there was the Bollin, with its shelvy banks, which Turpin cleared at a bound; the broad meadows over which he winged his flight; the pleasant bowling-green of the pleasant old inn at Hough, where he produced his watch to the Cheshire squires, with whom he was upon terms of intimacy; all brought something of the gallant robber to mind.