from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A thin piece of wood having parallel sides and being thicker at one end than the other, used like a tile or a slate in covering the sides and roofs of houses; a wooden tile.
  • noun A small sign-board, especially that of a professional man: as, to hang out one's shingle.
  • To cover with shingles: as, to shingle a roof.
  • To cut (the hair) so that streaks of it overlap like rows of shingles; hence, to cut (the hair, or the hair of) very close.
  • In puddling iron, to hammer roughly or squeeze (the ball of metal).
  • noun A kind of water-worn detritus a little coarser than gravel: a term most generally used with reference to debris on the sea-shore, and much more commonly in the British Islands than in the United States.
  • noun Girth; hence, the waist; the middle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Geol.) Round, water-worn, and loose gravel and pebbles, or a collection of roundish stones, such as are common on the seashore and elsewhere.
  • transitive verb To subject to the process of shindling, as a mass of iron from the pudding furnace.
  • noun A piece of wood sawed or rived thin and small, with one end thinner than the other, -- used in covering buildings, especially roofs, the thick ends of one row overlapping the thin ends of the row below.
  • noun Jocose, U. S. A sign for an office or a shop.
  • noun (Bot.) a kind of oak (Quercus imbricaria) used in the Western States for making shingles.
  • transitive verb To cover with shingles.
  • transitive verb To cut, as hair, so that the ends are evenly exposed all over the head, as shingles on a roof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Small, smooth pebbles, as found on a beach.
  • noun A small, thin piece of building material, often with one end thicker than the other, for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building.
  • noun A rectangular piece of steel obtained by means of a shingling process involving hammering of puddled steel.
  • noun A small signboard designating a professional office; this may be both a physical signboard or a metaphoric term for a small production company (a production shingle).
  • verb transitive To cover with small, thin pieces of building material, with shingles.
  • verb transitive, manufacturing To hammer and squeeze material in order to expel cinder and impurities from it, as in metallurgy.
  • verb To lash with a shingle.
  • noun A punitive strap such as a belt, as used for severe spanking
  • noun by extension Any paddle used for corporal punishment

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

  • noun building material used as siding or roofing
  • noun coarse beach gravel of small waterworn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)
  • noun a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.
  • verb cover with shingles


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From French dialect chingler ("to strap, whip"), from Latin cingula ("girt, belt"), from cingere ("to girt")

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Probably cognate to the Norwegian singl ("small stones") or the North Frisian singel ("gravel"), both imitative of the sound of water running over such pebbles.

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From Middle English scincle, from Latin scindula, an alteration, influenced by the Ancient Greek σχίδαξ 'lath' (compare σχίζα, σχίσμα, σχίζω), of the Latin scandula ("roof tile"), from scindere ("to split"), from Proto-Indo-European *sked- (“to split”).


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