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1shoal

adjective \ˈshōl\

Definition of SHOAL

:  shallow
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Examples of SHOAL

  1. <shoal waters of the bay meant that our ship had to be moored a considerable distance from shore>

Origin of SHOAL

alteration of Middle English shold, from Old English sceald — more at skeleton
First Known Use: circa 1554

Other Oceanography Terms

littoral, sound

2shoal

noun

Definition of SHOAL

1
:  shallow
2
:  a sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow

First Known Use of SHOAL

1555

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

3shoal

verb

Definition of SHOAL

intransitive verb
:  to become shallow
transitive verb
1
:  to come to a shallow or less deep part of
2
:  to cause to become shallow or less deep

First Known Use of SHOAL

1574

Other Oceanography Terms

littoral, sound

4shoal

noun

Definition of SHOAL

:  a large group or number :  crowd <a shoal of fish>

Origin of SHOAL

Middle English *shole, from Old English scolu multitude — more at school
First Known Use: 1579

5shoal

intransitive verb

Definition of SHOAL

:  throng, school

First Known Use of SHOAL

1610
SHOALS Defined for Kids

1shoal

adjective \ˈshōl\
shoal·ershoal·est

Definition of SHOAL for Kids

:  1shallow 1 <shoal water>

2shoal

noun

Definition of SHOAL for Kids

1
:  a place where a sea, lake, or river is shallow
2
:  a mound or ridge of sand just below the surface of the water

3shoal

noun

Definition of SHOAL for Kids

:  3school <a shoal of mackerel>

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