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Shelve  v. t.  
To furnish with shelves; as, to shelve a closet or a library.
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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"Shelve" Quotes from Famous Books

... uninteresting—flat, desert, and mimosa bush. The soil is not so rich as on the banks of the Blue Nile—the dhurra (grain) is small. The Nile is quite two miles wide up to this point, and the high-water mark is not more than five feet above the present level. The banks shelve gradually like the sands at low tide in England, and quite unlike the perpendicular banks of the Blue Nile. Busy at gunsmith's work. The nights and mornings are now cold, from 60 degrees to 62 degrees F. Johann makes me very anxious: I much fear he cannot last long, unless some ...
— The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile • Sir Samuel White Baker

... Samoan Islands. But he adds that, "where the shore is shelving there will be first a retreat of the water, and then the wave will break upon the beach and roll far in upon the land." This is precisely what happened when the great wave reached the eastern shores of New Zealand, which are known to shelve down to very shallow water, continuing far away to sea ...
— Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) - Wonders of Earth, Sea and Sky • Various

Words linked to "Shelve" :   prorogue, table, hold, position, respite, shelver, put off, remit, suspend, call off, put over, set, set back, defer, cancel, scrub, reschedule

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