shelve

Definitions

  • A letter the Dies Committee shelved
    A letter the Dies Committee shelved
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shelve place on a shelf "shelve books"
    • v shelve hold back to a later time "let's postpone the exam"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The United States Library of Congress contains 73 millions volumes (books), arranged on 350 miles of shelves.
    • Shelve To furnish with shelves; as, to shelve a closet or a library.
    • v. i Shelve To incline gradually; to be slopping; as, the bottom shelves from the shore.
    • Shelve To place on a shelf. Hence: To lay on the shelf; to put aside; to dismiss from service; to put off indefinitely; as, to shelve an officer; to shelve a claim.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shelve To place on a shelf: as, to shelve books.
    • shelve To lay by on a shelf; put away or aside as disposed of or not needed; hence, to put off or neglect: as, to shelve a question or a claim.
    • shelve To furnish with shelves, as a room or closet.
    • shelve To slope; incline.
    • shelve To incline or tip (a cart) so as to discharge its load.
    • n shelve A shelf or ledge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Shelve shelv to furnish with shelves: to place on a shelf; to put aside
    • v.i Shelve shelv to slope, incline
    • n Shelve a ledge
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Quotations

  • Charles Lamb
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    “Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.”
  • Adrian Cadbury
    Adrian Cadbury
    “Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “Here Greek and Roman find themselves alive along these crowded shelves; and Shakespeare treads again his stage, and Chaucer paints anew his age.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhapss originally from the same source as shallow, but influenced by shelf, a ledge, a platform

Usage

In literature:

The rolls are taken from neat wooden shelves, on which, however, they seldom rest.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Then he put in a couple of shelves made of flat stones.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
I thought there were great shelves with enormous bottles.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
This was a crude inscription on the wall above the shelves and caskets.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
I have before me more than six feet of shelving filled with these tiny books.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
The first book I saw on the rough shelves was Weskett, original edition, price a few shillings.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
On his shelves one always found books of science and volumes in foreign languages.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Above the spring-branch extended a shelving bank; up this the steed had bounded, after drinking at the pool.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
We are the children of the Puritans, but very little, I daresay, like the grave gentlemen up on your shelves yonder.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
While I was thus recalling these remembrances to my mind, Michael had come in and was occupied in fixing shelves where they were wanted.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
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In poetry:

What is to be will be,
We cannot help ourselves;
The waves ask not the sea
Where lies the shore that shelves.
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
In your garden's summer glory
One poor corner, shelved and shady,
Told no rosy, radiant story,
Grew no rose to grace its lady.
"The December Rose" by Edith Nesbit
Take them, O Grave! and let them lie
Folded upon thy narrow shelves,
As garments by the soul laid by,
And precious only to ourselves!
"Suspiria" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Many a day they cried for food
When the cup-board shelves were bare;
Many an hour they roamed the streets
Scarcely knowing why or where.
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
Sometimes the wavelets wimple in
O'erlapping tiers of crystal shelves,
And little circles dimple in,
As if the waters quaffed themselves,
The while they spin:
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I dropped my burden on the shelving sand
So I might meet Him, if such bliss could be,
I reached the shore, I knelt and kissed His hand
With blissful tears beside the twilight sea.
"Motives" by Marietta Holley

In news:

My book "Empowered," with advice about how to manage your company in the age of empowered customers, is about to hit the shelves.
Extra garden produce serves Hennepin County food shelves.
The Garden Gleaning Project, which was launched in March of 2012, works to facilitate the harvesting and distribution of fresh produce from gardens in the community to local food shelves.
Twinkies off the shelves for good.
Hostess products off the shelves for good.
Relics of the 50's, fondue kits collect dust on back shelves.
Greenware items can be set directly on the shelves and the pieces can touch each other.
People around the country are stealing Tide detergent from store shelves.
COLUMBIA — A new city plan would shelve the controversial Grindstone Creek trail and use the money for other projects.
This space also includes built-in shelving and cabinetry.
The city has shelved plans for a gunshot -detection system to make more money available for police overtime.
PPA pulled from area shelves.
'The Fighter,' ' Hereafter ,' 'Waste Land' bring Oscar vibe to video-store shelves.
Every week, 'Today' show food editor Phil Lempert reviews some of the new items hitting supermarket shelves near you.
Coming one week too late for Memorial Day, co-directors Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy's "Act of Valor" hits shelves, as does John Farrow's wonderfully nuanced Western, which makes its Blu-ray debut.
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In science:

We have recently succeeded in driving transitions with this laser; see the bottom graph in Figure 2.20, or some sample scanned laser shelving data in Figure 4.27.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Here, the laser takes 5 MHz steps through an approximate tuning range of 2 GHz; 100 ms of laser exposure shelves the ion when the laser is on resonance with moderate efficiency.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The slowest aspects of our apparatus during data taking are the LEDs used for the shelving and deshelving the ion via the 6P3/2 state and decays.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The excitation probability Pe needs to be controlled and measured during the experiment, as does the shelving probability Ps .
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The real transitions performed in the experiments are labeled with solid arrows: cooling, repumping, shelving and deshelving optical transitions, and radio frequency Zeeman transitions ωS and ωD .
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
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