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adj. shal·low·er, shal·low·est
1. Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
2. Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge: "This is a shallow parody of America" (Lloyd Rose).
3. Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak: shallow respirations.
4. In the part of a playing area that is closer to home plate: shallow left field.
often shallows A part of a body of water of little depth; a shoal: abandoned the boat in the shallows.
tr. & intr.v. shal·lowed, shal·low·ing, shal·lows
To make or become shallow.

[Middle English schalowe.]

shal′low·ly adv.
shal′low·ness n.
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Adv.1.shallowly - in a shallow manner


[ˈʃæləʊli] adv
to breathe shallowly → respirer par petites bouffées


adv breatheflach
References in classic literature ?
Originally these islets had been mere sand-banks and coral reefs awash in the sea or shallowly covered by the sea.
It was indeed a changeful brook; here it would make a pool, dark and brooding and still, where we bent to look at our mirrored faces; then it grew communicative and gossiped shallowly over a broken pebble bed where there was a diamond dance of sunbeams and no troutling or minnow could glide through without being seen.
If you are lucky enough to find it, plant it shallowly, only a couple of inches deep.
for the South, for class details" (New York Times) that many reviewers find piercingly funny, others believe Zink only shallowly treats those topics.
The male subject was found lying on the lawn, breathing shallowly and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance," said Captain Harry B.
15am and then have spent the rest of the day breathing shallowly and moaning quietly to myself.
However, some say that old feuds are buried shallowly beneath the surface.
When planted too shallowly, the bulbs disintegrate into masses of tiny bulblets, incapable of producing flowers.
And few will miss the gun control argument shallowly buried throughout the film.
Elytral striae represented by shallowly impressed, shining double lines, interrupted by small punctures separated by 2-3 diam of a puncture; intervals on disc with sparse, minute, simple punctures; lateral intervals with small, setigerous tubercles, setae erect and minute.
The woman's body was buried shallowly, where the dry air and sand quickly sucked all the body fluids, thus arresting decomposition and mummifying her.
Evergreens, especially the dense, heavy foliage of conifers, are susceptible to high winds - even more so if they are shallowly rooted and the soil is wet.