Shoal meaning

shōl
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A large group; a crowd.

A shoal of advisers.

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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.

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A shallow place in a body of water.
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To come together in large numbers.

The fish were shoaling.

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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.

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A sandy elevation of the bottom of a body of water, constituting a hazard to navigation; a sandbank or sandbar.
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To come or sail into a shallower part of.
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Having little depth; shallow.
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A large school of fish or other aquatic animals.
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A large group; mass; crowd.
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A large school of fish.
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To come together in or move about as a shoal or school.
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A shallow place in a river, sea, etc.; a shallow.
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A sandbar or piece of rising ground forming a shallow place that is a danger to navigation, esp. one visible at low water.
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To become shallow or shallower.
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A submerged mound or ridge of sediment in a body of shallow water.
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(now rare) Shallow.

Shoal water.

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A sandbank or sandbar creating a shallow.
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A shallow in a body of water.
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To arrive at a shallow (less deep) area.
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To cause a shallowing; to come to a more shallow part of.

A ship shoals her water by advancing into that which is less deep. "” Marryat.

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To become shallow.

The colour of the water shows where it shoals.

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Any large number of persons or things.
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A large number of fish (other sea creatures) of the same species swimming together.
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To collect in a shoal; to throng.

The fishes shoaled about the place.

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To become shallow.

The river shoals suddenly here from eight to two fathoms.

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To make shallow.

The approach to the harbor was shoaled in the storm.

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Origin of shoal

  • Probably Middle Low German or Middle Dutch schōle skel-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English shold shallow, shallows from Old English sceald shallow

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

  • 1570, presumably from Middle English *shole (“school of fish"), from Old English sceolu, scolu (“troop or band of people, host, multitude, division of army, school of fish"), from Proto-Germanic *skulō (“crowd"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kÊ·el- (“crowd, people"). Cognate with West Frisian skoal (“shoal"), Middle Low German schōle (“multitude, troop"), Dutch school (“shoal of fishes").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English schold, scholde, from Old English sceald (“shallow"), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *skalidaz, past participle of *skaljanÄ… (“to go dry, dry up, become shallow"), from *skalaz (“parched, shallow"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel- (“to dry out"). Cognate with Low German Scholl (“shallow water"), German schal (“stale, flat, vapid"). Compare shallow.

    From Wiktionary