shelve

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Etymology[edit]

From (plural of) shelf.

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shelve (third-person singular simple present shelves, present participle shelving, simple past and past participle shelved)

  1. (transitive) to place on a shelf
    The library needs volunteers to help shelve books.
  2. (transitive) to store, set aside, quit, or halt
    They shelved the entire project when they heard how much it would cost.
  3. To furnish with shelves.
    to shelve a closet or a library
  4. (Wales, slang) to have sex with

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Noun[edit]

shelve (plural shelves)

  1. A rocky ledge or shelf.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, II.181:
      And all was stillness, save the sea-bird's cry, / And dolphin's leap, and little billow crossed / By some low rock or shelve, that made it fret / Against the boundary it scarcely wet.

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