shale

noun
\ ˈshāl How to pronounce shale (audio) \

Definition of shale

: a fissile rock that is formed by the consolidation of clay, mud, or silt, has a finely stratified or laminated structure, and is composed of minerals essentially unaltered since deposition

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Other Words from shale

shaley or less commonly shaly \ ˈshā-​lē How to pronounce shaly (audio) \ adjective

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The shale boom in the U.S. upset global markets because of increased production resulting from technological breakthroughs led by Houstonian George Mitchell. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018 For years shares of shale explorers have been valued mostly for their future prospects. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Drillers Are Easing Off the Gas," 27 Jan. 2019 The two had taken different roads to become shale-gas players. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "The Merger That Made a U.S. Gas Giant Is Failing," 13 Jan. 2019 Additionally, cheaper acreage and improved crude transportation have made the area more attractive than some other major shale fields. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "The Hottest Oil Trade Is No Longer in Texas," 9 Oct. 2018 The United States is far less dependent on Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members than even a decade ago, when a drilling frenzy began in shale fields across Texas and North Dakota. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Saudis issued warnings against U.S. sanctions. But how much leverage do they have?," 16 Oct. 2018 Advances in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — a way of recovering oil and gas from tight rock called shale — created a glut. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 In the shale play, big data is capturing and applying information in real time. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018 Lilis has since increased its Delaware acreage by more than five times to about 20,000 acres, ahead of the land rush that has enveloped the shale play recently. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Lilis may be an acquisition target," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of shale

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shale

probably from obsolete or dialect shale scale, shell, from Middle English, from Old English scealu — more at shell

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shale

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shale

: a soft kind of rock that splits easily into flat pieces

shale

noun
\ ˈshāl How to pronounce shale (audio) \

Kids Definition of shale

: a rock with a fine grain formed from clay, mud, or silt

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