shelving

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 /ˈʃɛlvɪŋ/


For the verb: "to shelve"

Present Participle: shelving

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
shelv•ing /ˈʃɛlvɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. material for shelves.
  2. shelves thought of as a group.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
shelv•ing  (shelving),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. material for shelves.
  2. shelves collectively.
  • shelve1 + -ing1 1625–35

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
shelve1 /ʃɛlv/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], shelved, shelv•ing. 
  1. to place on a shelf:to shelve the books.
  2. to put aside;
    defer:to shelve a question.
  3. to remove from active use or service;
    dismiss:The pitcher was shelved because he lost so many ballgames.
  4. to furnish with shelves.
shelv•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
shelve1  (shelv),USA pronunciation v.t.,  shelved, shelv•ing. 
  1. to place (something) on a shelf or shelves.
  2. to put off or aside from consideration:to shelve the question.
  3. to remove from active use or service;
    dismiss.
  4. to furnish with shelves.
shelver, n. 
  • verb, verbal use of shelve(s) 1585–95
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . defer, table, pigeonhole.

shelve2  (shelv),USA pronunciation v.i.,  shelved, shelv•ing. 
  1. to slope gradually.
  • 1580–90; origin, originally uncertain; compare Frisian skelf not quite level


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

shelving /ˈʃɛlvɪŋ/ n
  1. material for making shelves
  2. a set of shelves; shelves collectively



shelve /ʃɛlv/ vb (transitive)
  1. to place on a shelf
  2. to provide with shelves
  3. to put aside or postpone from consideration
  4. to dismiss or cause to retire
Etymology: 16th Century: from shelves, plural of shelf

ˈshelver n
shelve /ʃɛlv/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to slope away gradually; incline
Etymology: 16th Century: origin uncertain



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