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Definition of shelf:

  1. 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 piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads.
  3. A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships.
  4. A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock.

Synonyms:

shoal, rock, counter, rack, ridge, shallow, reef, mantle.

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