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Definition of shoal:

  1. A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; - said especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass.
  2. A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow.
  3. A sandbank or bar which makes the water shoal.
  4. Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water.
  5. To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place.
  6. To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals.
  7. To cause to become more shallow; to come to a more shallow part of; as, a ship shoals her water by advancing into that which is less deep.

Synonyms:

shore, coral reef, reef, mudflat, hive, school day, community, sand bar, colony, flock, shallow, oyster bed, the seafloor, shallow water, brace, underwater knoll, reefy, sandbank, shelfy, the seabed, cay, shoaly, bar, bank, schooltime, shelf, herd, schooling, shelvy, bevy, depthless, surface, drove, gaggle, flight, school, schoolhouse.

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