|1.||a stretch of shallow water|
|2.||a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water|
|3.||to make or become shallow|
|4.||(intr) nautical to sail into shallower water|
|5.||a less common word for shallow|
|6.||nautical (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water|
|[Old English sceald|
|shoal (shōl) Pronunciation Key
A submerged mound or ridge of sediment in a body of shallow water.
accumulation of sediment in a river channel or on a continental shelf that is potentially dangerous to ships. On the continental shelf it is conventionally taken to be less than 10 m (33 feet) below water level at low tide. Shoals are formed by essentially the same factors that produce offshore bars. See sandbar.
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