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  • n. Plural form of shoal.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of shoal.


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  • Large ships also lack the ability to operate close the the shore and in shoals or deltas when necessary, as well as not having providing the tactical ability to flush out smaller crafts.

    Matthew Yglesias » A Piece of the Action

  • Marilyn sez, "In an experiment at the U. of Padua last year, female mosquito fish preferred to join shoals that were larger by just one fish, 'preferring shoals of four fish rather than three fish, and consistently preferring shoals of three fish over those containing just two.'"

    Boing Boing

  • Throughout the following century, revolutionaries of all stripes would be buffeted against the twin shoals of optimism and disillusionment.

    The long grave already dug

  • Vegetation creeps rapidly over the ravaged environs, and strangest of all, fish in shoals unnumbered find their way mysteriously into the new pool, doubtless through subterranean channels, making it a paradise for the angler.

    The Mystery at Number Six

  • Fishes go in shoals, bees in swarms, cattle in herds, and the normal man is gregarious.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • As I approached Cape Town, my many friends came out in shoals to meet us, and I was received in the metropolis of the Cape by every public demonstration of affection – ever so gratifying to the soldier who has worked hard to serve his country – from the noble Governor, Sir Benjamin D'Urban, to the mendicant.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

  • Some they take up as with the hook, one by one; others in shoals, as in a "net" and "drag" or enclosing net. therefore -- because of their successes. they rejoice -- They glory in their crimes because attended with success

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Nay, the fishes of the sea shall be taken away, or gathered together, that they may go away in shoals to some other coast, and then the fishing trade will be worth nothing.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Some they take up with the angle (v. 15), one by one; others they catch in shoals, and by wholesale, in their net, and gather them in their drag, their enclosing net.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The depth in the remaining part varies from 6 to 12 fathoms; and this irregularity causes the strong tides, especially when running against the wind, to make breakers, in which small vessels should be careful of engaging themselves; and when a ship has passed the entrance, the shoals are a great obstacle to a free passage up the Port.

    A Source Book of Australian History


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