Definition of Shoal

1. Noun. A sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide.

Generic synonyms: Sandbank
Derivative terms: Shoaly



2. Verb. Make shallow. "The silt shallowed the canal"
Exact synonyms: Shallow
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Shallow

3. Noun. A stretch of shallow water.
Exact synonyms: Shallow
Generic synonyms: Body Of Water, Water
Derivative terms: Shallow, Shallow, Shallow

4. Verb. Become shallow. "The lake shallowed over time"
Exact synonyms: Shallow
Generic synonyms: Change
Derivative terms: Shallow

5. Noun. A large group of fish. "A school of small glittering fish swam by"
Exact synonyms: School
Member holonyms: Fish
Generic synonyms: Animal Group
Derivative terms: School

Definition of Shoal

1. n. A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; -- said especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass.

2. v. i. To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place.

3. a. Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water.

4. n. A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow.

5. v. i. To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals.

6. v. t. To cause to become more shallow; to come to a more shallow part of; as, a ship shoals her water by advancing into that which is less deep.

Definition of Shoal

1. Adjective. (rare) Shallow. ¹

2. Noun. A sandbank or sandbar creating a shallow. ¹

3. Verb. To arrive at a shallow (or less deep) area. ¹

4. Verb. To cause a shallowing; to come to a more shallow part of. ¹

5. Noun. Any large number of persons or things. ¹

6. Noun. A large number of fish (or other sea creatures) of the same species swimming together. ¹

7. Verb. To collect in a shoal; to throng. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shoal

1. shallow [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: shallow

Medical Definition of Shoal

1. A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; said especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass. "Great shoals of people." "Beneath, a shoal of silver fishes glides." (Waller) Origin: AS. Scolu, sceolu, a company, multitude, crowd, akin to OS. Skola; probably originally, a division, and akin to Icel. Skilja to part, divide. See Skill, and cf. School. Of fishes. To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place. Origin: Shoaled; Shoaling. 1. A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc, is shallow; a shallow. "The depth of your pond should be six feet; and on the sides some shoals for the fish to lay their span." (Mortimer) "Wolsey, that once trod the ways of glory, And sounded all the depths and shoals of honor." (Shak) 2. A sandbank or bar which makes the water shoal. "The god himself with ready trident stands, And opes the deep, and spreads the moving sands, Then heaves them off the shoals." (Dryden) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shoal

shnapps
shnaps
shneid
shnook
shnooks
shnor
shnorr
shnorrer
shnorrers
shnorring
sho
sho nuff
shoad
shoading
shoads
shoal (current term)
shoaled
shoaler
shoalest
shoalier
shoaliest
shoaliness
shoaling
shoaling wave
shoaling waves
shoalings
shoals
shoaly
shoarma
shoarmas

Literary usage of Shoal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Coast Pilot: Atlantic Coast. Part IV. From Point Judith to New by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Herbert Gouverneur Ogden, John Ross, Herbert Cornelius Graves, Harry L. Ford (1899)
"The northern end of this shoal is marked by a buoy (spar, black, No. 5). There is from 11 to 18 fathoms of water to the northward of this shoal, ..."

2. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William B. Dana (1854)
"TJ ALMT, of the United States Navy, Assistant in the Coast Surrey, represento to AD Bache, Superintendent, the discovery of a shoal southeast of New Point ..."

3. The American Coast Pilot: Containing Directions for the Principal Harbors by Edmund March Blunt, George William Blunt (1847)
"It often breaks in 5 fathoms, on the east and west of the shoal. ... South from the old South shoal, half a mile distant, the bottom is uneven, ..."

4. Hunt's Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, Freeman Hunt, Thomas Prentice Kettell, William Buck Dana (1850)
"E Thomas Perkins' shoal 00° 30' N. 129° 18' E Bank CS 9 fathoms 7° 86' N. 111°28'E ... A coral shoal in the Straits of Sundy, N. 63}° W. from the Button, ..."

5. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1850)
"3° 24' 30 109° 04' EA shoal in Palawan 11° 00'N. 117° 82'EA shoal in the China Sea 9° 48' N. 108° 21' E South Watcher 6° Т S. corrected. ..."

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