Definition of Shale

1. Noun. A sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clay.

Generic synonyms: Sedimentary Rock
Specialized synonyms: Humic Shale, Oil Shale



Definition of Shale

1. n. A shell or husk; a cod or pod.

2. v. t. To take off the shell or coat of; to shell.

Definition of Shale

1. Noun. A shell or husk; a cod or pod. ¹

2. Noun. (geology) A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure. ¹

3. Verb. To take off the shell or coat of. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shale

1. a fissile rock [n -S]

Medical Definition of Shale

1. 1. A shell or husk; a cod or pod. "The green shales of a bean." 2. [G. Shale. A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure. Bituminous shale. See Bituminous. Origin: AS. Scealy, scalu. See Scalme, and cf. Shell. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shale

shakings
shako
shakoes
shakos
shakt
shaku
shakudo
shakudos
shakuhachi
shakuhachis
shaky
shakycam
shalbe
shalder
shalders
shale (current term)
shale gas
shale oil
shaled
shalelike
shales
shaley
shalier
shaliest
shaling
shalk
shalks
shall
shall's
shall-flower

Literary usage of Shale

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by Tennessee Division of Geology, Geological Survey, Division of Geology, Tennessee (1913)
"Typical exposures of this shale appear in the north end of Cameron Hill in ... The Chattanooga shale has a remarkably uniform character throughout the red ..."

2. Bulletin by Ohio State Geologist, Ohio Division of Geological Survey (1909)
"This is Winchell's type section for the Olentangy shale (see Plate V), ... Soil and drift 3 0 Ohio shale. 21. Badly weathered and much altered black shale 8 ..."

3. Annual Report by Geological Survey of Canada (1906)
"shale 283 .. Hard conglomerate 284 i> Black shale 289 „ Sandy shale 291 -. ... shale 6 in., conglomerate 6 in 328 n shale and conglomerate lands 417 n ..."

4. Reports ... 2d Series by International Labour Office, United States Tariff Commission (1915)
"Vilas shale member.—Separating the two limestone members of the Lansing is the ... The composition varies from argillaceous or arenaceous shale to black, ..."

5. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science by Kansas Academy of Science (1901)
"Clay and loose rock 18 Clay shale 6 Sandstone 7 Blue shale 33 Sandstone 1-2 Blue shale 39-10 Conglomerate 2 Band shale 53 Sandstone 7 Blue shale 9 Sand ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"The oil-shale of Scotland is dark grey or black, and has a laminated or horny fracture. ... The richer kinds yield about 30 gallons of oil per ton of shale, ..."

7. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1902)
"379 6 shale and sandstone 9 6 ...389 0 Black shale and coal ..." 0 10 ... 389 10 Sandstone with layers of shale 13 0 ... 404 0 Blue clayey shale 1 2 . ..."

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