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shal·low

 (shăl′ō)
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.
n.
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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shallows

plural noun bank, flat, shelf, shoal, sandbank, sand bar At dusk more fish come into the shallows.
Translations
أماكِن ضَحْلَه
mělčiny
grundt vand
grynningar
plytčiny
sığ yersığlık

shallow

(ˈʃӕləu) adjective
1. not deep. shallow water; a shallow pit.
2. not able to think seriously or feel deeply. a rather shallow personality.
ˈshallowness noun
ˈshallows noun plural
a place where the water is shallow. There are dangerous rocks and shallows near the island.
References in classic literature ?
That part of the sea known among whalemen as the Brazil Banks does not bear that name as the Banks of Newfoundland do, because of there being shallows and soundings there, but because of this remarkable meadow-like appearance, caused by the vast drifts of brit continually floating in those latitudes, where the Right Whale is often chased.
I thought of the life that lay before me--YOUR life, sir--an existence more expansive and stirring than my own: as much more so as the depths of the sea to which the brook runs are than the shallows of its own strait channel.
And soon the tide began to slacken, and the craft lying at anchor to swing, and presently they had all swung round, and the ships that were taking advantage of the new tide to get up to the Pool, began to crowd upon us in a fleet, and we kept under the shore, as much out of the strength of the tide now as we could, standing carefully off from low shallows and mudbanks.
Already her feet were over the brink of the rapids, but I pulled and Koos pulled, and we brought her safe into the shadows, and from the shallows to the bank, and there she fell gasping.
It seems as innocent of a destination as a boy on an errand; but, after taking at least six times as long as any other road in the kingdom for its amount of work, you usually find it dip down of a sudden into some lovely natural cul-de-sac, a meadow-bottom surrounded by trees, with a stream spreading itself in fantastic silver shallows through its midst, and a cottage half hidden at the end.
The other, on the side of Aethiopia, though much larger, is more dangerous, by reason of the shallows, which make it necessary for a ship, though of no great burthen, to pass very near the island, where the channel is deeper and less embarrassed.
The sea is tumbling in over the shallows and the sandy flats with a roar, muffled in the sea-mists drifting inland.
Often a part of the crew would have to leap into the water at the shallows, and wade along with the towing line, while their comrades on board toilfully assisted with oar and setting pole.
Once a week Deesa led Moti Guj down to the river, and Moti Gui lay on his side luxuriously in the shallows, while Deesa went over him with a coir swab and a brick.
To move down so cunningly that never a leaf stirred; to wade knee-deep in the roaring shallows that drown all noise from behind; to drink, looking backward over one shoulder, every muscle ready for the first desperate bound of keen terror; to roll on the sandy margin, and return, wet-muzzled and well plumped out, to the admiring herd, was a thing that all tall-antlered young bucks took a delight in, precisely because they knew that at any moment Bagheera or Shere Khan might leap upon them and bear them down.
The Froom waters were clear as the pure River of Life shown to the Evangelist, rapid as the shadow of a cloud, with pebbly shallows that prattled to the sky all day long.
It makes it so cumbersome and dangerous to manage, you never know a moment's freedom from anxiety and care, never gain a moment's rest for dreamy laziness - no time to watch the windy shadows skimming lightly o'er the shallows, or the glittering sunbeams flitting in and out among the ripples, or the great trees by the margin looking down at their own image, or the woods all green and golden, or the lilies white and yellow, or the sombre- waving rushes, or the sedges, or the orchis, or the blue forget-me-nots.