A mass of small rounded pebbles, especially on a seashore.
- There were also sand dunes and shingle banks that were later used for building roads in the new town.
- Most of the Thames Bank is shingle and stone so sand is relatively rare.
- I find soft, powdery sand, hard sand, loose shingle banks and a couple of streams.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.
- Example sentences
- Without Limmer, there would be no Gimblett Gravels, that shingly region of Hawke's Bay that has assumed legendary winegrowing properties.
- Canvas shoes are necessary as the shore is shingly.
- They will spend two weeks at a well-recommended three-star hotel in a quiet area of the old town, a short walk from a shingly beach that shelves gently towards the sea.
1A rectangular tile of asphalt composite, wood, metal, or slate used on walls or roofs.
- Remove enough of the roof shingles, tiles, gravel, or other roofing material down to the tar paper.
- Roofs may be covered with tiles, wooden shingles, or zinc sheets.
- Check that your roof isn't missing any shingles, tiles, slates or nails.
3North American A small signboard, especially one found outside a doctor’s or lawyer’s office.
- This is my only reason for justifying the shingle hanging outside in the boulevard.
- So, I'll leave my shingle hanging outside this virtual stoop a while longer.
- The shingle on his door says that he is a Jungian analyst.
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1Roof or clad with shingles: (as adjective shingled) a tower surmounted by a shingled spire
More example sentences
- Once the flat planes of the roof have been shingled, you will need to apply the hip shingles, if you have a hip roof, which will be overlapped by the ridge shingles.
- The roof was shingled with maroon tiles, and the chimney was made mostly of red brick.
- So, after two years and $1.4 billion of preparation this is where we're at: a bunch of skilled scientists doing the outer-space equivalent of shingling a roof.
2 dated Cut (a woman’s hair) in a shingle.
- My hair is shingled, and the longest strands are about nine inches long.
- And although shingled hair was wildly popular in the period, it still seems to have connoted rejection of traditional relationships.
- He had taken a liking to my mother, who looked more forward than she was, with her shingled hair and very short skirt showing a lot of silk stocking.
Middle English (as a noun): apparently from Latin scindula, earlier scandula 'a split piece of wood'.
hang out one's shingle
- North American Begin to practice a profession.Example sentences
- We should be able to hang out our shingle like any other professional.
- The Los Angeles Angels hung out their shingle to little fanfare in 1961 as an American League expansion franchise.
- He hung out his shingle in 1988 and has never been a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers because they do not represent his interests.