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shelf1 British & World English

A flat length of wood or rigid material, attached to a wall or forming part of a piece of furniture, that provides a surface for the storage or display of objects

shelf2 British & World English

An informer

shelf English Thesaurus

she put Frank's card on the shelf

ice shelf British & World English

A floating sheet of ice permanently attached to a land mass

top-shelf British & World English

(Of a magazine) pornographic

shelf life British & World English

The length of time for which an item remains usable, fit for consumption, or saleable

shelf mark British & World English

A notation on a book showing its place in a library

shelf room British & World English

The amount of available space on a shelf

parcel shelf British & World English

A shelf in a motor vehicle behind the rear seat

shelf-stable British & World English

Able to survive long periods on store or home shelves without spoiling

on the shelf British & World English

No longer useful or desirable

continental shelf British & World English

The area of seabed around a large land mass where the sea is relatively shallow compared with the open ocean. The continental shelf is geologically part of the continental crust

off the shelf British & World English

Not designed or made to order but taken from existing stock or supplies

off the shelf in shelf1 British & World English

Not designed or made to order but taken from existing stock or supplies

on the shelf in shelf1 British & World English

No longer useful or desirable

on the shelf in shelf English Thesaurus

the tangled love life of a 30-year old woman who fears she will be left on the shelf