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  • adj. Having shelves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sloping gradually; shelving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shelving; sloping; shallow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of submerged reefs or sandbanks or shoals

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Examples

  • 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.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • 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.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • I had been drowned, but that the shore was shelvy and shallow, — a death that I abhor; for the water swells

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • 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.

    Travels in England in 1782

  • 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

    Lavengro

  • 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!

    Act III. Scene V. The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • 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!

    George Borrow The Man and His Books

  • Half garrulously, and like a shallow brook might brawl across a shelvy bottom, the rhythmic little changeling thus began: --

    The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley, Volume 10

  • The route lay between a range of low islands, and a shelvy beach, very monotonous and dreary.

    Narrative of a voyage to the northwest coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814; or, The first American settlement of the Pacific

  • 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.

    Rookwood

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