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shelves British & World English

Plural form of shelf.

shelves in 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

shelve1 British & World English

Place or arrange (items, especially books) on a shelf

shelve2 British & World English

(Of ground) slope downwards in a specified manner or direction

ice shelf British & World English

A floating sheet of ice permanently attached to a land mass

parcel shelf British & World English

A shelf in a motor vehicle behind the rear seat

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