Out on the shoal he was a silent but interested spectator while the trawl was being pulled and the fish taken aboard.
shoal water, deep water, it seemed all the same to our fortunes.
The shoal of shooting stars is perhaps much more numerous than the herrings or the pigeons.
I pushed with all my might and, slowly and jerkily, the dingy slid off the shoal.
The shoal was close ahead and, taking a sounding, he found scarcely a fathom under the keel.
We were being driven by the wind away from the shoal, but not fast enough.
In the shoal water between the several wharves, for a long period, there was annually a dense crop of rushes or flags.
If I had an oar or somethin' to steer this clipper with, maybe we could git into shoal water.
When I came out here just after breakfast, this morning, it was high and dry on that shoal.
Juddy, there's a shoal of mullet in the bay, and I think they're foul of your screws.
"place of shallow water," c.1300, from Old English schealde (adj.), from sceald "shallow," from Proto-Germanic *skala- (cf. Swedish skäll "thin;" Low German schol, Frisian skol "not deep"), of uncertain origin. The terminal -d was dropped 16c.
"large number" (especially of fish), 1570s, apparently identical with Old English scolu "band, troop, crowd of fish" (see school (n.2)); but perhaps rather a 16c. adoption of cognate Middle Dutch schole.
"assemble in a multitude," c.1600, from shoal (n.2). Related: Shoaled; shoaling.