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Plural of shelf.
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the plural of shelf
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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.
a. a sandbank or submerged extent of rock in the sea or river.
b. the bedrock underlying an alluvial deposit or the like.
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]
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