Definition of shelve :
1. To furnish with shelves; as, to shelve a closet or a library.
2. To incline gradually; to be slopping; as, the bottom shelves from the shore.
3. To place on a shelf. Hence: To lay on the shelf; to put aside; to dismiss from service; to put off indefinitely; as, to shelve an officer; to shelve a claim.
skirt, put back, bow, tabularize, tabulate, remand, knock back, file, stay, delay, slacken, turn off, dishearten, circumvent, hold over, prorogue, put over, parry, line, hold, send back, suspend, evade, put on ice, line up, set back, sidestep, do, hedge, get across, duck, hold off, space, table, confuse, wait, fudge, disconcert, carry over, adjourn, flurry, hold up, remit, postpone, submit, tabularise, defer, give in, elude, dodge, accede, organize, order, put off, waive, range, prolong
- When one considers that in most of our libraries it costs, all told, a dollar to shelve a volume, one realizes that the librarian has against the publisher a grievance that can be put into the language of commerce. - "The Booklover and His Books", Harry Lyman Koopman.
- The lead- mining districts- Mendip in Somerset, the neighbourhood of Matlock in Derbyshire, the Shelve Hills west of Wroxeter, the Halkyn region in Flintshire, the moors of south- west Yorkshire- must have belonged to these Domains, and for the most part are actually attested by inscriptions on lead- pigs as Imperial property. - "The Romanization of Roman Britain", F. Haverfield.
- A moment's panic as I find the ship being forced up, then I realize I have reached the point where the beach starts to shelve, turn off radar and motor and start crawling. - "The Lost Kafoozalum", Pauline Ashwell.