• (British) IPA: /ʃɛlv/

shelve (shelves, present participle shelving; past and past participle shelved)

  1. (transitive) To place on a shelf.
    The library needs volunteers to help shelve books.
  2. (transitive) To set aside; to quit or postpone.
    They shelved the entire project when they heard how much it would cost.
  3. To furnish with shelves.
    to shelve a closet or a library
  4. (slang) To take (drugs) by anal or vaginal insertion.
  5. (Wales, slang) To have sex with.
  6. (intransitive) To slope; to incline; to form into shelves.
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shelve (plural shelves)

  1. A rocky ledge or shelf.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, II.181:
      And all was stillness, save the sea-bird's cry, / And dolphin's leap, and little billow crossed / By some low rock or shelve, that made it fret / Against the boundary it scarcely wet.

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