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shelves

 (shĕlvz)
n.
Plural of shelf.

shelves

(ʃɛlvz)
n
the plural of shelf

shelf

(ʃɛlf)

n., pl. shelves (shelvz).
1. a thin slab of wood, metal, etc., fixed horizontally to a wall or in a frame, for supporting objects.
2. the contents of this: a shelf of books.
3. a surface or projection resembling this; ledge.
4.
a. a sandbank or submerged extent of rock in the sea or river.
b. the bedrock underlying an alluvial deposit or the like.
Idioms:
1. off the shelf, readily available from merchandise in stock.
2. on the shelf,
a. put aside temporarily; postponed.
b. inactive; useless.
[1350–1400; Middle English; Old English scylfe; akin to Middle Low German schelf shelf, Old Norse -skjalf bench]
shelf′like`, adj.
References in classic literature ?
Beth was there, laying the snowy piles smoothly on the shelves and exulting over the goodly array.
When a counter or a row of shelves in the store became useless, clerks carried it up the stairway and threw it on the pile.
The old counter, shelves, and other fixtures of the little shop remained just as he had left them.
In the way of furniture, there is a stove with a voluminous funnel; an old pine desk with a three-legged stool beside it; two or three wooden-bottom chairs, exceedingly decrepit and infirm; and -- not to forget the library -- on some shelves, a score or two of volumes of the Acts of Congress, and a bulky Digest of the Revenue laws.
Books were flung aside without being put away on the shelves, inkstands were overturned, benches thrown down, and the whole school was turned loose an hour before the usual time, bursting forth like a legion of young imps, yelping and racketing about the green in joy at their early emancipation.
within are shabby shelves, ranged round with old decanters, bottles, flasks; and in those jaws of swift destruction, like another cursed Jonah (by which name indeed they called him), bustles a little withered old man, who, for their money, dearly sells the sailors deliriums and death.
He meant to take one side out of these tomorrow, and put shelves in them, and make them into bureaus and places to keep things for the bedrooms.
There were still flowers on the shelves,--all white, delicate and fragrant, with graceful, drooping leaves.
The chemist bowed; and, turning to his shelves, filled an ordinary half-ounce bottle with laudanum immediately.
Hunger was the inscription on the baker's shelves, written in every small loaf of his scanty stock of bad bread; at the sausage-shop, in every dead-dog preparation that was offered for sale.
There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish Friars, and winking from their shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by, and glanced demurely at the hung-up mistletoe.
And your books too," turning his eyes round the room, "mounting up, on their shelves, by hundreds