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noun (1)

shelv·​ing ˈshel-viŋ How to pronounce shelving (audio)
: a sloping surface or place
: the state or degree of sloping


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noun (2)

: material for shelves

Examples of shelving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
As for the style of island, people prefer drawers and cabinets with doors versus open shelving and rectangular or square shapes. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 There’s a giant shelf full of anthologies right next to another shelving unit loaded with VHS tapes. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 26 Jan. 2024 My kitchen has been the biggest project to date, with having to add makeshift shelving, counter, and pantry space. Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 20 Jan. 2024 There is extra storage space on the bottom as well as a removable ice bucket bin and metal shelving for storing wine glasses. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Dec. 2023 Instead of cramping the kitchen with bulky cabinets, go for open shelving. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 18 Dec. 2023 The dark, slim lines of the open shelving mimic the delicate cages of the classic lantern pendants above the island. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Dec. 2023 Linda Hall, co-founder of the Cat Behavior Alliance with Reimers, recommends using materials or supplies that may already be in your home — plywood, old shelving units, or old blankets and fabric. Colleen Grablick, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Stairs in the living area lead to the other two bedrooms on the second floor, both of which have built-in shelving and closets. Angela Serratore, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelving was in 1678

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Cite this Entry

“Shelving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: material to make shelves from
also : the shelves themselves
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