Shingle meaning

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Beach gravel consisting of large smooth pebbles.
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A stretch of shore or beach covered with such gravel.
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Large, coarse, waterworn gravel, as found on a beach.
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An area, as a beach, covered with this.
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To cut (hair) short and close to the head.
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Shingle is a coarse, large-sized gravel, or a piece of wood, metal, etc. used as a covering for a house or roof.

An example of shingle is the material on a playground floor.

An example of shingle is the material used for the siding of a house.

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A thin oblong piece of material, such as wood or slate, that is laid in overlapping rows to cover the roof or sides of a house or other building.
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A woman's close-cropped haircut.
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To cover (a roof or building) with shingles.
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A thin, wedge-shaped piece of wood, asphaltic material, slate, etc. laid with others in a series of overlapping rows as a covering for roofs and the sides of houses.
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A woman's short haircut in which the hair over the nape is shaped close to the head.
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(informal) A small signboard, esp. that which a physician or lawyer hangs outside his or her office.
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To cover (a roof, etc.) with shingles.
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To cut (hair) in shingle style.
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To work on (puddled iron) by hammering and squeezing it to remove impurities.
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A small, thin piece of building material, often with one end thicker than the other, for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building.
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A rectangular piece of steel obtained by means of a shingling process involving hammering of puddled steel.
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A small signboard designating a professional office; this may be both a physical signboard or a metaphoric term for a small production company (a production shingle).
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To cover with small, thin pieces of building material, with shingles.
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To cut, as hair, so that the ends are evenly exposed all over the head, like shingles on a roof.
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(manufacturing) To hammer and squeeze material in order to expel cinder and impurities from it, as in metallurgy.
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To lash with a shingle.

The imp's bottom was shingled black and blue.

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A punitive strap such as a belt, as used for severe spanking.
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(by extension) Any paddle used for corporal punishment.
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Small, smooth pebbles, as found on a beach.
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(informal) A small signboard, as one indicating a professional office.

After passing the bar exam, she hung out her shingle.

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Origin of shingle

  • Middle English from Old English scindel, scingal from Late Latin scindula alteration of Latin scandula (influenced by scindere to split)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English scincle, from Latin scindula, an alteration, influenced by the Ancient Greek σχίδαξ 'lath' (compare σχίζα, σχίσμα, σχίζω), of the Latin scandula (“roof tile"), from scindere (“to split"), from Proto-Indo-European *sked- (“to split").

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably cognate to the Norwegian singl (“small stones") or the North Frisian singel (“gravel"), both imitative of the sound of water running over such pebbles.

    From Wiktionary

  • From dialectal French chingler (“to strap, whip"), from Latin cingula (“girt, belt"), from cingere (“to girt")

    From Wiktionary