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continental shelf

continental shelf

n.
A submerged border of a continent that slopes gradually and extends to a point of steeper descent to the ocean bottom.

continental shelf

n
(Physical Geography) the sea bed surrounding a continent at depths of up to about 200 metres (100 fathoms), at the edge of which the continental slope drops steeply to the ocean floor

con′tinen′tal shelf′


n.
the part of a continent that is submerged in relatively shallow sea.
[1940–45]
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continental shelf

continental shelf

The part of the edge of a continent covered by shallow ocean waters and extending to the steep slopes that descend into the deep part of the ocean.

continental shelf

A shallow sea bed; the submerged edge of a continent.
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Noun1.continental shelf - the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continentcontinental shelf - the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continent
Translations
إفْريز قارّي
континентален шелф
plataforma continental
kontinentální šelf
kontinentalsokkelfastlandssokkel
FestlandssockelKontinentalplatteKontinentalschelfKontinentalsockelSchelf
mandrilavašelf
mannerjalustamannermaajalusta
מדף יבשתי
epikontinentalni pojas
kontinentális pad
paparan benua
landgrunn
大陸棚
kontinentinis atabradasšelfas
continentaal plat
półka kontynentalnaszelf kontynentalny
plataforma continental
platformă continentală
okraj kontinentu zaplavený morom
континентална полицашелф
kontinentalsockel
kıta sahanlığı
континентальний шельф
thềm lục địa

continent1

(ˈkontinənt) noun
1. one of the great divisions of the land surface of the world – Europe, America, Australia, Asia or Africa.
2. Europe excluding Britain. We are going to the continent for our holidays.
ˌcontiˈnental (-ˈnen-) adjective
continental breakfast
a light breakfast of rolls and coffee.
continental shelf noun
the part of a continent that is under a relatively shallow sea.
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