There are 2 definitions of shelve in English:

shelve1

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Pronunciation: /ʃɛlv
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Place or arrange (items, especially books) on a shelf: we had catalogued and shelved all the books shipped in that day
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    • I have a vague memory of the books being shelved under ‘C’ in the library when I were a lass.
    • One of the elderly librarians, who was shelving books nearby, scowled at us.
    • I have shelved the book once more in anger and it will remain until the next time I forget the cold harsh reality of cook books and their evil ways.
  • 3Fit with shelves: one whole long wall was shelved
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    • The walls were shelved all the way down, with the exception of the bathroom door.

Derivatives

shelver

noun
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  • But the most important job lesson came from observing what we shelvers called the ‘lifers’: the full-time, professional librarians, and the amazing bitterness some of them exhibited.
  • But having once been hired as a shelver and fired for incompetence a few hours later, I can attest that library work is larger than it appears in the side mirror.
  • And several times the shelvers came up to me and smiled and thanked me.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'project like a shelf' (Shakespearean usage)): from shelves, plural of shelf1.

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a slit made by cutting with a saw

There are 2 definitions of shelve in English:

shelve2

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Pronunciation: /ʃɛlv
 
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verb

[no object, with adverbial]
  • (Of ground) slope downwards in a specified manner or direction: the ground shelved gently down to the water
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    • From where I stood, the beach shelved steeply into a channel, perhaps chest deep and a long fly cast in width to the edge of the coral, where it rose to no more than my thigh.
    • Under water, the shingle beach shelves down to rows of small rocks and kelp beneath the low-water mark.
    • White sands shelve steeply down into clear blue-green water.

Origin

late Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from shelf1.

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Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw