Definition of Shelve

1. Verb. Hold back to a later time. "Let's postpone the exam"


2. Verb. Place on a shelf. "They shelve the goods"; "Shelve books"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Derivative terms: Shelver

Definition of Shelve

1. v. t. To furnish with shelves; as, to shelve a closet or a library.

2. v. i. To incline gradually; to be slopping; as, the bottom shelves from the shore.

Definition of Shelve

1. Verb. (transitive) to place on a shelf ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to store, set aside, quit, or halt ¹

3. Verb. (Wales slang) to have sex with ¹

4. Noun. A rocky ledge or shelf. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shelve

1. to place on a shelf [v SHELVED, SHELVING, SHELVES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shelve

shelterer
shelterers
sheltering
shelterless
sheltermate
sheltermates
shelters
shelterwood
sheltery
sheltie
shelties
sheltron
sheltrons
sheltrum
shelty
shelved
shelver
shelvers
shelves
shelvesful
shelvier
shelviest
shelving
shelvings
shelvy
shemagh
shemaghs
shemales

Literary usage of Shelve

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1. Proceedings of the Liverpool Geological Society by Liverpool Geological Society (1878)
"BY GH MORTON, FGS IN my paper on "The Geology and Mineral Veins of the Country around shelve" there is a description of the Lower Llandeilo series, ..."

2. The Parliamentary Debates: Official Report by Northern Ireland Parliament. House of Commons (1898)
"It has been patent during the whole day that the Government were desperately anxious to shelve the question. The Premier discovered about a quarter past ..."

3. Small Library Buildings: A Collection of Plans Contributed by the League of by League of Library Commissions, Cornelia Marvin (1908)
"Work room in basement was made unusually large to shelve school duplicate collection during the summer. Expect to spend annually $750 for heat, ..."

4. Salopia Antiqua: Or, An Enquiry from Personal Survey Into the 'druidical by Charles Henry Hartshorne (1841)
"... s may consider the CIRCLE near shelve as the Northern approach to the more important remains on Stapeley Hill. It lies in a bog about half a mile to the ..."

5. History of English Literature by Hippolyte Taine (1880)
"And all was stillness, save the sea-bird's cry, And dolphin's leap, and little billow crost By some low rock or shelve, that made "it fret Against the ..."

6. Problems in Furniture Making by Fred Duane Crawshaw (1912)
"17—Library Book shelve« An eighth grade or high school problem in gluing and pinning. In gluing pieces together for shelves and sides dowel pins should be ..."

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