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Origin: OE. Shelfe, schelfe, AS. Scylfe; akin to G. Schelfe, Icel. Skjalf. In senses 2 & 3, perhaps a different word (cf. Shelve,).

1. A flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects of use or ornament.

2. A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships. "On the tawny sands and shelves." (Milton) "On the secret shelves with fury cast." (Dryden)

3. <chemical>

A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock.

4. A piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads. To lay on the shelf, to lay aside as unnecessary or useless; to dismiss; to discard.

(01 Mar 1998)

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