Complete Definition of "shelf"

English
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Etymology
Probably from OE. scylfe (deck of a ship); distantly related to sculpt, "carve" and shell.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ʃɛlf/
audio|en-us-shelf.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɛlf|-ɛlf

Noun
en-noun|shelves

  1. A flat, rigid, rectangular structure, fixed at right angles to a wall, and used to support, store or display objects.
  2. The capacity of such an object; as, a shelf of videos.
  3. A projecting ledge that resembles such an object.
  4. A reef, shoal or sandbar.

Synonyms
(capacity): shelfful

Derived terms
continental shelf
off the shelf
on the shelf
shelfful

Translations

trans-top|structure
Albanian: raft m
Arabic: ARchar|رف|رفّ (raff) m
Bosnian: polica f
Chinese: 架子 (jiàzi)
Croatian: polica f
Czech: police f
Dutch: schap n, rek n, plank#Dutch|plank f, legplank f
Finnish: hylly
French: rayon#French|rayon m, étagère f
German: Brett n, Einlegeboden, Regal
Hungarian: polc
Italian: scaffale
Japanese: 棚 (たな, tana)
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Korean: 선반 (seonban)
Portuguese: prateleira f
Romanian: poliţă f
Russian: полка (pólka) f
Serbian:
:Cyrillic: полица f
:Roman: polica#Serbian|polica f
Slovene: polica f
Spanish: estante m
Swedish: hylla
Telugu: అర (ara)
Turkish: raf
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trans-top|capacity
Dutch: schap n, rek n
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French: étagère f, rayonnage m
Portuguese: prateleira f, estante f
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trans-top|projecting ledge resembling a shelf
Dutch: schap n
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trans-top|reef, shoal, sandbar
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Translations to be checked

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ttbc|Italian: asse
ttbc|Spanish: tabla f, balda f, anaquel m
ttbc|Welsh: silff

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