Definition of shoal:
- A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; - said especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass.
- A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow.
- A sandbank or bar which makes the water shoal.
- Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water.
- To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place.
- To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals.
- 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.
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Many a pilot stood, with clenched teeth, and eyes firm set upon the distant shore, while the fire roared below and behind him, and the terrified passengers edged further and further forward as the flames pressed their way toward the bow, until at last came the grinding sound under the hull, and the sudden shock that told of shoal water and safety.- "American Merchant Ships and Sailors", Willis J. Abbot.
One of the other boats, meanwhile, had fastened another net to the first, and, rowing in an opposite direction from it, progressed in a circular course, dropping its net as it went, until the two met- and thus an immense shoal of pilchards were enclosed.- "Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines", R.M. Ballantyne.
- "The Coast of Adventure", Harold Bindloss.