continental shelf

noun

Definition of continental shelf

  1. :  a shallow submarine plain of varying width forming a border to a continent and typically ending in a comparatively steep slope to the deep ocean floor

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First Known Use of continental shelf

1892


CONTINENTAL SHELF Defined for English Language Learners

continental shelf

noun

Definition of continental shelf for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a continent that lies under the ocean and slopes down to the ocean floor


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