Shelf

Definition of Shelf

n.1.(Arch.) A flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects of use or ornament.
2.A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships.
On the tawny sands and shelves.
- Milton.
On the secret shelves with fury cast.
- Dryden.
3.(Mining) A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock.
4.(Naut.) A piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads.
To lay on the shelf
to lay aside as unnecessary or useless; to dismiss; to discard.

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