shoal


shoal
1) a social group of fish, e.g. in shallow water or at the surface, cf. school where synchronised swimming is the criterion
2) a submerged ridge, bank, or bar covered by mud, sand or gravel which is at or near enough to the water surface to constitute a danger to navigation
3) said of waters where there is a change in depth from deep to shallow
4) to become shallow gradually
5) to proceed from a greater to a lesser depth of water
6) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for barbels
7) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for fishes
8) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for herrings
9) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for mackerel
10) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for minnows
11) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for perch
12) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for pilchards
13) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for roach
14) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for salmon
15) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for shad
16) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for sharks
17) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for sticklebacks
18) a collective noun (a noun that denotes a collection of persons or things regarded as a unit) for trout

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • Shoal — Shoal, n. [AS. scolu, sceolu, a company, multitude, crowd, akin to OS. skola; probably originally, a division, and akin to Icel. skilja to part, divide. See {Skill}, and cf. {School}. of fishes.] A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shoal — Shoal, a. [Cf. {Shallow}; or cf. G. scholle a clod, glebe, OHG. scollo, scolla, prob. akin to E. shoal a multitude.] Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoal — [ʃəul US ʃoul] n [Sense: 1; Origin: Old English scolu large group ] [Sense: 2; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: shoal not deep (11 20 centuries), from Old English sceald] 1.) a large group of fish swimming together = ↑school shoal of …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shoal — n Shoal, bank, reef, bar can all mean a shallow place in a body of water. In ordinary use Shoal is applied to a shallow place, especially one that is difficult to navigate {dangerous shoals in uncharted waters} Bank, often as the plural banks, is …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Shoal — Shoal, n. 1. A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow. [1913 Webster] The depth of your pond should be six feet; and on the sides some shoals for the fish to lay their span. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] Wolsey …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoal — shoal; shoal·i·ness; shoal·ness; …   English syllables

  • shoal — shoal1 [shōl] n. [via dial. < OE scolu, multitude, school of fish, akin to Du school < IE * skēl < base * (s)kel , to cut > SHIELD] 1. a large group; mass; crowd 2. a large school of fish vi. to come together in or move about as a… …   English World dictionary

  • Shoal — Shoal, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shoaled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shoaling}.] To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place. Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shoal — Shoal, v. i. To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shoal — Shoal, v. t. To cause to become more shallow; to come to a more shallow part of; as, a ship shoals her water by advancing into that which is less deep. Marryat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoal — Ⅰ. shoal [1] ► NOUN 1) a large number of fish swimming together. 2) informal, chiefly Brit. a large number of people. ► VERB ▪ (of fish) form shoals. ORIGIN probably from Dutch sch le troop …   English terms dictionary