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shoal

noun

  1. (sandbank)  a sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide
    Type of: sandbank
  2. (body of water)  a stretch of shallow water
    Synonyms: shallow. Type of: body of water
  3. (animal group)  a large group of fish
    Synonyms: school. Type of: animal group

verb

  1. (alter)  to make shallow
    Synonyms: shallow. Type of: change
  2. (become shallow)  to become shallow
    Synonyms: shallow. Type of: change

Etymology summary

Middle English schold, scholde, from Old English sceald ("shallow"), perhaps...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Shoal | sandbar | bar | sandbank | gravelbar | spit | sandspit | shoaling

a somewhat linear landform within or extending into a body of water, typically composed of sand, silt or small pebbles. A spit or sandspit is a type of shoal. Shoals are characteristically long and narrow and develop where a stream or ocean current ... (43 of 1832 words, 8 images)

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Shoal (disambiguation) | shoals | shoaling

may mean: Shoal, a sandbank or reef creating shallow water, especially where it forms a hazard to shipping | Shoal draught (or draft), of a boat with shallow draught which can pass over some shoals: see Draft (hull) | Wave shoaling, the change of wave ... (43 of 150 words, 9 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

shoal [geology]

accumulation of sediment in a river channel or on a continental shelf that is potentially dangerous to ships. On the continental shelf it's ... (23 of 55 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

shoal | shallow [less common, sense-specific] | shoaliness [noun, derived]

a stretch of shallow water | a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, especially one that is visible at low water | to make or become shallow | ... (28 of 493 words, 9 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shoal

Merriam-Webster:

shallow [entry 1, adjective] | weak [synonym, sense-specific] | depthless [synonym, sense-specific] | shoal [synonym, sense-specific] | deep [antonym, sense-specific] | skin-deep [similar, sense-specific] | superficial [similar, sense-specific] | surface [similar, sense-specific] | fathomable [similar, sense-specific] | ...

having little depth | having little extension inward or backward | penetrating only the easily or quickly perceived ; lacking in depth of knowledge, ... (22 of 179 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/shallow

shoal [entry 2, noun] | shallow [synonym, sense-specific]

"shallow" | a sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow (10 of 23 words, 2 definitions)

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shoal [entry 3, verb]

to become shallow | to come to a shallow or less deep part of | to cause to become shallow or less deep (21 of 38 words, 3 definitions)

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shoal [entry 4, noun] | crowd [synonym]

a large group or number; "crowd" (6 of 33 words, 1 usage example)

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shoal [entry 5, verb] | throng [synonym] | school [synonym]

"throng", "school" (2 of 14 words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

shoal | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle] | shoals [3rd-person singular present]

A shallow place in a body of water. | A sandy elevation of the bottom of a body of water, constituting a hazard to navigation; a sandbank or sandbar. ... (28 of 133 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

shoal | shoaly [adjective, related]

a large group; mass; crowd | a large school of fish | to come together in or move about as a shoal or school | a shallow place in a river, sea, etc.; ... (30 of 122 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

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shoal

a large group; mass; crowd | a large school of fish | to come together in or move about as a shoal or school (22 of 49 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shoaly

Oxford Dictionary:

shoal [entry 1]

a large number of fish swimming together | [informal, British] : a large number of people or things | [fish] form shoals (20 of 87 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shoal

shoal [entry 2] | shoals | shoaly [derived]

an area of shallow water | a submerged sandbank visible at low water. | (usually "shoals") : a hidden danger or difficulty | [water] become shallower ... (23 of 119 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shoal--2

Random House Dictionary:

shoal

a place where a sea, river, or other body of water is shallow. | a sandbank or sand bar in the bed of a body of water, especially one that is exposed ... (31 of 107 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/shoal

Wiktionary:

shoal | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle] | sheld [dialect, sense-specific] | shaul [dialect, sense-specific] | shawl [dialect, sense-specific] | shauld [dialect, sense-specific] | schald [dialect, sense-specific] | ...

[rare] Shallow. | A sandbank or sandbar creating a shallow. | To arrive at a shallow (or less deep) area. | To cause a shallowing; to come to a more shallow part of. | To become shallow. | Any large number of persons or things. | A large number of fish... (45 of 83 words, 8 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

shoal [entry 1]

a large number of fish swimming as a group | [informal] a large number of things or people (17 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shoal 1

shoal [entry 2, specialized]

a raised bank of sand or rocks under the surface of the water (13 of 23 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shoal 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

shoal [countable] | shoals [plural]

a group of fish that swim together | a small hill on the bottom of the sea that can be dangerous for boats (22 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/shoal

Encarta Dictionary:

shoal [entry 1] | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle]

a large group of fish or other sea animals swimming together | a large group of similar people or things | to group together to form a shoal (26 of 80 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735417​/definition​.html  [offline]

shoal [entry 2] | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle]

an area of shallow water in a larger body of water | an underwater sandbank or sandbar that is visible at low water | to become shallow or shallower, ... (27 of 99 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

shoal | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English schold, scholde, from Old English sceald ("shallow"), perhaps from... | 1570, presumably from Middle English *shole ("school of fish"), from Old English sceolu, scolu ("troop or band... (28 of 101 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

shoal

Origin: via dialect from Old English scolu, multitude, school of fish, akin ... | earlier adjective shoal, shallow from Middle English ... (19 of 43 etymology words)

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shoal

Origin: via dialect from Old English scolu, multitude, school of fish, akin to Dutch school from Indo-European *skēl- from base ... (19 of 24 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

shoal | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle] | shoals [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English shold, shallow, shallows, from Old English sceald, shallow. | Probably Middle Low German or Middle ... (16 of 25 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

shoal

Origin: Old English scealdshallow | Old English scolu; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōleschool2

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shoal

Oxford Dictionary:

shoal [entry 1]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: probably from Middle Dutch schōle "troop". Compare with "school2"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shoal

shoal [entry 2] | shoals

Origin: Old English sceald (adjective), of Germanic origin; related to "shallow"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/shoal--2

Merriam-Webster:

shoal [entry 1, adjective]

First use: about 1554

Origin: alteration of Middle English shold, from Old English sceald

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/shoal

shoal [entry 4, noun]

First use: 1579

Origin: Middle English *shole, from Old English scolu multitude

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Encarta Dictionary:

shoal [entry 1] | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Middle Dutch scōle or Middle Low German schōle

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735417​/definition​.html  [offline]

shoal [entry 2] | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle]

Origin: Old English sceald "shallow" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735416​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

shoal | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "shoal"

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Collins Dictionary:

shoal

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Cambridge Dictionary:

shoal [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "shoal"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "shoal"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

shoal [countable] | shoals [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "shoal"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

shoal [countable] | shoals [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "shoal"

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the Free Dictionary:

shoal

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Google Dictionary:

shoal | shoals [plural] | shoaled [past tense] | shoaling [present participle] | shoaler [comparative] | shoalest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "shoal"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

shoal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "shoal"

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YourDictionary Audio:

shoal

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freedictionary.org:

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