Shoal

  • 1 Shoal — Shoal, n. [AS. scolu, sceolu, a company, multitude, crowd, akin to OS. skola; probably originally, a division, and akin to Icel. skilja to part, divide. See {Skill}, and cf. {School}. of fishes.] A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng;… …

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  • 2 Shoal — Shoal, a. [Cf. {Shallow}; or cf. G. scholle a clod, glebe, OHG. scollo, scolla, prob. akin to E. shoal a multitude.] Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 shoal — [ʃəul US ʃoul] n [Sense: 1; Origin: Old English scolu large group ] [Sense: 2; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: shoal not deep (11 20 centuries), from Old English sceald] 1.) a large group of fish swimming together = ↑school shoal of …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 shoal — n Shoal, bank, reef, bar can all mean a shallow place in a body of water. In ordinary use Shoal is applied to a shallow place, especially one that is difficult to navigate {dangerous shoals in uncharted waters} Bank, often as the plural banks, is …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 Shoal — Shoal, n. 1. A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow. [1913 Webster] The depth of your pond should be six feet; and on the sides some shoals for the fish to lay their span. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] Wolsey …

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  • 6 shoal — shoal; shoal·i·ness; shoal·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 7 shoal — shoal1 [shōl] n. [via dial. < OE scolu, multitude, school of fish, akin to Du school < IE * skēl < base * (s)kel , to cut > SHIELD] 1. a large group; mass; crowd 2. a large school of fish vi. to come together in or move about as a… …

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  • 8 Shoal — Shoal, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shoaled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shoaling}.] To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place. Chapman. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 Shoal — Shoal, v. i. To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10 Shoal — Shoal, v. t. To cause to become more shallow; to come to a more shallow part of; as, a ship shoals her water by advancing into that which is less deep. Marryat. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 11 shoal — Ⅰ. shoal [1] ► NOUN 1) a large number of fish swimming together. 2) informal, chiefly Brit. a large number of people. ► VERB ▪ (of fish) form shoals. ORIGIN probably from Dutch sch le troop …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 shoal — index plurality, superficial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 13 shoal — [ ʃoul ] noun count 1. ) a group of fish that swim together 2. ) a small hill on the bottom of the ocean that can be dangerous for boats …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 shoal|y — «SHOH lee», adjective. full of shoals or shallow places: »a shoaly channel …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 Shoal — Bar (landform) redirects here. For other uses, see Bar (disambiguation)#Landforms. Sandbank redirects here. For other uses, see Sandbank (disambiguation). For other uses, see Shoal (disambiguation). Sandbar between St. Agnes and Gugh on the Isles …

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  • 16 shoal — English has two distinct words shoal. ‘Shallow area’ [16] is descended from the Old English adjective sceald ‘shallow’, which in turn came from prehistoric Germanic *skaldaz. (English shallow [15] is related, although it is not clear precisely… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 shoal — {{11}}shoal (1) place of shallow water, c.1300, from O.E. schealde (adj.), from sceald shallow, from P.Gmc. *skala (Cf. Swed. skäll thin; Low Ger. schol, Fris. skol not deep ). The terminal d was dropped 16c. {{12}}shoal (2) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 18 shoal — UK [ʃəʊl] / US [ʃoʊl] noun [countable] Word forms shoal : singular shoal plural shoals 1) a group of fish that swim together 2) a small hill on the bottom of the sea that can be dangerous for boats …

    English dictionary

  • 19 shoal — I [[t]ʃoʊl[/t]] n. 1) a place where a sea, river, or other body of water is shallow 2) a sandbank or sand bar in the bed of a body of water, esp. one visible at low tide 3) (of water) shallow 4) to become shallow or more shallow 5) to make… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 shoal — I. /ʃoʊl / (say shohl) noun 1. a place where a body of water is shallow. 2. a sandbank or sandbar in the bed of a body of water, especially one which shows at low water. –adjective 3. of little depth, as water; shallow. –verb (i) 4. to become… …

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