: coarse rounded detritus or alluvial material especially on the seashore that differs from ordinary gravel only in the larger size of the stones
: a place strewn with shingle
Origin of SHINGLE
Middle English chyngell; akin to Middle Low German singel seashore gravel
First Known Use: 15th century
Thin piece of building material made of wood, asphaltic material, slate, metal, or concrete, laid in overlapping rows to shed water. Shingles are widely used as roof covering on residential buildings and sometimes also for siding (seeShingle style). Wood shingles in the U.S. are usually made of cypress, redwood, or Western red cedar.