shelf Definition

a flat board, made of wood or glass, fixed horizontally to a wall or in a frame, that is used for holding objects.

Using shelf: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shelf" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I put the books on the shelf.

  • Example

    The vase fell off the shelf and broke.

  • Example

    She arranged the figurines on the shelf.

  • Example

    The store has a wide selection of shelves for sale.

shelf Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for shelf

Phrases with shelf

  • the highest level of quality or excellence


    This whiskey is top shelf.

  • ready-made and available for purchase without any modifications


    I bought an off-the-shelf suit for the interview.

  • not being used or considered, often due to being outdated or no longer relevant


    After the new software was implemented, the old system was put on the shelf.


Summary: shelf in Brief

A 'shelf' [ʃɛlf] is a flat board, typically made of wood or glass, that is fixed horizontally to a wall or in a frame and used for holding objects. It can refer to a variety of types, such as bookshelves or cabinets, and is often used to display decorative items. Phrases like 'top shelf' and 'off the shelf' denote high quality and ready-made products, respectively.

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