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Shoal meaning

shoal - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place.
  2. 2. Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water.
  3. 3. A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow.
  4. 4. A sandbank or bar which makes the water shoal.
  5. 5. To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; - said especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass.
  8. 8. A crowd, as of fishes.
  9. 9. A shallow; sandbank or bar.
  10. 10. To grow shallow.

shoal - examples of usage

  1. It was what the fishermen call 'broken water'- a seething produced by a shoal of fish. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  2. She felt she was steering through shoal- waters perilously near the wind; but she made no attempt to break his reverie. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. The Thisbe was now within 200 yards of the stranger's bows, when the master gave notice that there was a shoal ahead extending on either hand, while on shore a battery was seen commanding the passage, and several smaller vessels at anchor under it. - "Won from the Waves", W.H.G. Kingston.
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