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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Shelf  \Shelf\,  n.;  pl  {Shelves}.  [OE.  shelfe,  schelfe  AS 
  scylfe;  akin  to  G.  schelfe  Icel.  skj[=a]lf.  In  senses  2  &  3, 
  perhaps  a  different  word  (cf.  {Shelve},  v.  i.).] 
  1.  (Arch.)  A  flat  tablet  or  ledge  of  any  material  set 
  horizontally  at  a  distance  from  the  floor,  to  hold  objects 
  of  use  or  ornament. 
  2.  A  sand  bank  in  the  sea,  or  a  rock,  or  ledge  of  rocks, 
  rendering  the  water  shallow,  and  dangerous  to  ships. 
  On  the  tawny  sands  and  shelves.  --Milton. 
  On  the  secret  shelves  with  fury  cast.  --Dryden. 
  3.  (Mining)  A  stratum  lying  in  a  very  even  manner;  a  flat, 
  projecting  layer  of  rock. 
  4.  (Naut.)  A  piece  of  timber  running  the  whole  length  of  a 
  vessel  inside  the  timberheads.  --D.  Kemp. 
  {To  lay  on  the  shelf},  to  lay  aside  as  unnecessary  or 
  useless;  to  dismiss;  to  discard. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  support  that  consists  of  a  horizontal  surface  for  holding 
  2:  a  projecting  ridge  on  a  mountain  or  submerged  under  water 
  [syn:  {ledge}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  A  public  library  of  {class}es  for  the  {Eiffel}  language. 

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