from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of shoal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Becoming shallow gradually.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Becoming shallow by filling up with shoals.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
On the subject of 'shoaling' - here in lovely London UK lots of traffic light regulated crossings have special bike only refuges.
Yesterday I mentioned the phenomenon of "shoaling," which has become an epidemic here in New York City due to the increasing numbers of bicycle commuters.
In that sense, racing your bike is the equivalent of "cleaning the pipes" before a big date, and behaviors like "shoaling" are the equivalent of the "popcorn trick."
Similarly puzzling is springtime intersection behavior, when "shoaling" and "circling" grow rampant.
Also, I admit that the ongoing problem of "shoaling" would probably also be relatively unaffected by gravel:
A child subjected to any kind of shoaling at an early age will often find him- or herself attracted to tall bikes later in life, since instead of protruding horizontally into harm's way, they are instead positioned vertically where their high vantage point renders shoaling completely unnecessary.
"Because of this 'shoaling' effect, a tsunami that was imperceptible in deep water may grow to be several feet or more in height."
really scraping the bottom of the barrel. "shoaling"...whatever.
At this point, with the main - boom almost grazing the rock on the port side, Grief, peering down on the starboard side, could see bottom less than two fathoms beneath and shoaling steeply.
As he fetched down the length of tank, under water, moving with leisurely strokes and with open eyes watching the shoaling bottom, it came to him that he did not know anything about her.