- The definition of a shoal is a large group, particularly of fish, or a sandy, shallow area of water.
- An example of a shoal is a school of goldfish.
- An example of a shoal is a sandbar that makes a shallow place in the water.
- Shoal is defined as to come together in a group, or to become shallow, or to sail into a shallow part of the water.
- An example of shoal is for a group of bluefish to come together and travel.
- An example of shoal is for the water level to drop significantly.
- An example of shoal is to take a sailboat into a shallow portion of the bay.
shoal definition by Webster's New World
- a large group; mass; crowd
- a large school of fish
Origin: via dialect, dialectal ; from Old English scolu, multitude, school of fish, akin to Dutch school ; from Indo-European an unverified form skēl- ; from base an unverified form (s)kel-, to cut from source shield
- a shallow place in a river, sea, etc.; a shallow
- a sandbar or piece of rising ground forming a shallow place that is a danger to navigation, esp. one visible at low water
Origin: ; from earlier adjective shoal, shallow ; from Middle English scholde ; from Old English sceald, shallow; akin to Old English an unverified form scealw, shallow
- to make shallow
- to sail into a shallow or shallower part of (water)
- shoaly adjective
shoal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A shallow place in a body of water.
- A sandy elevation of the bottom of a body of water, constituting a hazard to navigation; a sandbank or sandbar.
- To make shallow: The approach to the harbor was shoaled in the storm.
- To come or sail into a shallower part of.
Origin: Middle English shold, shallow, shallows, from Old English sceald, shallow.
- A large group; a crowd.
- A large school of fish or other marine animals.
Origin: Probably Middle Low German or Middle Dutch schōle; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
shoal - Science Definition