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1. A shallow place in a body of water.
2. A sandy elevation of the bottom of a body of water, constituting a hazard to navigation; a sandbank or sandbar.
v. shoaled, shoal·ing, shoals
To become shallow: The river shoals suddenly here from eight to two fathoms.
1. To make shallow: The approach to the harbor was shoaled in the storm.
2. To come or sail into a shallower part of.
Having little depth; shallow.
[Middle English shold, shallow, shallows, from Old English sceald, shallow.]
1. A large school of fish or other aquatic animals.
2. A large group; a crowd: a shoal of advisers.
intr.v. shoaled, shoal·ing, shoals
To come together in large numbers: The fish were shoaling.
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1. (Physical Geography) a stretch of shallow water
2. (Physical Geography) a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water
3. to make or become shallow
4. (Nautical Terms) (intr) nautical to sail into shallower water
5. a less common word for shallow
6. (Nautical Terms) nautical (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water
[Old English sceald shallow]
1. (Zoology) a large group of certain aquatic animals, esp fish
2. a large group of people or things
(intr) to collect together in such a group
[Old English scolu; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōle school2]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a place where a sea, river, or other body of water is shallow.
2. a sandbank or sand bar in the bed of a body of water, esp. one visible at low tide.adj.
3. (of water) shallow.v.i.
4. to become shallow or more shallow.v.t.
5. to make shallow.
6. to sail so as to lessen the depth of (the water under a vessel).
[before 900; (adj.) Old English sceald shallow]
1. any large number of persons or things.
2. a school of fish.v.i.
3. to collect in a shoal; throng.
[1570–80; earlier shole, probably < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schōle]
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A sandy elevation of the bottom of a body of water; a sandbar.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
shoal- A synonym for "school," referring to a large number of fish swimming together.
See also related terms for swimming.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
A sandbank or bar that makes water shoal; i.e., a sand-bank that is not rocky and on which there is a water depth of 6 fathoms or less.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Shoala great number; a crowd; a throng: especially of fish.
Examples: shoal of bass; of boats, 1839; of crows, 1759; of eagles, 1801; of fish, 1579; of frogs, 1692; of goslings, 1584; of herrings, 1774; of martyrs, 1610; of minnows; of miracles, 1639; of novelties, 1900; of injured people, 1901; of perch; of pilchards; of quails, 1659; of seals, 1835; of shepherds, 1579; of sticklebacks; of texts, 1688; of troubles; of whales, 1836; of small troubles, 1858; shoals of actors and actresses, 1749; of letters; of people, 1881; of Scotsmen, 1791.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: shoaled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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|Noun||1.||shoal - a sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide|
sandbank - a submerged bank of sand near a shore or in a river; can be exposed at low tide
|2.||shoal - a stretch of shallow water|
|3.||shoal - a large group of fish; "a school of small glittering fish swam by"|
fish - any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills; "the shark is a large fish"; "in the living room there was a tank of colorful fish"
animal group - a group of animals
|Verb||1.||shoal - make shallow; "The silt shallowed the canal"|
|2.||shoal - become shallow; "the lake shallowed over time"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
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A shallow part of a body of water:
shallow (often used in plural).
Measuring little from bottom to top or surface:
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سِرْب أو فَوْج من الأسْماكمِياه ضَحْلَه
grynningar; sandrifmergî, torfa
shoal1 [ʃəʊl] N [of fish] → banco m
shoal2 [ʃəʊl] N (= sandbank etc) → banco m de arena, bajío m, bajo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
shoal[ˈʃəʊl] n [fish] → banc m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
shoal[ʃəʊl] n (of fish) → banco
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a great number of fish swimming together in one place. The fishing-boats were searching for large shoals of fish. skool سِرْب أو فَوْج من الأسْماك рибен пасаж cardume hejno der Schwarm stime κοπάδι ψαριών banco, cardumen kalaparv گروه kalaparvi banc נְחִיל דָגִים झुण्ड jato (riba), mnoštvo halraj kawanan ikan mergð, torfa branco, banco 魚群 (무리) 때 būrys bars sekawan schoolstimławica ډله، بهير (لكه دكبانو cardume banc (de peşte) стая, косяк húf, kŕdeľ jata skupljati se u jato stim ฝูงปลา sürü 魚群 табун; косяк مچھلیوں کا جھول یا جمگھٹا đàn cá 鱼群
a shallow place in the sea etc; a sandbank. The boat grounded on a shoal. sandbank مِياه ضَحْلَه плитчина baixio mělčina; písčina die Untiefe banke; -banke ξέρα banco de arena madalik تپه زير آبي matalikko haut-fond; banc de sable שֶׁטַח שֶׁל מָיִם רְדוּדִים रेती plićak, prud zátony beting grynningar; sandrif bassofondo, secca 浅瀬 여울 sekluma sēklis beting ondieptesandbanke, grunnemielizna رغى، هوار، اوبه چې ژورې نه وي baixio banc de nisip мелководье, мель plytčina plitvina plićak grund, [sand]rev หาดตื้น sığlık yer 淺灘，沙洲 мілина اتھلے پانی کا پھیلاؤ chỗ nông, chỗ cạn 浅滩，沙洲
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