5 letter word starting with sh

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shack verb t. To shed or fall, as corn or grain at harvest., To feed in stubble, or upon waste corn., To wander as a vagabond or a tramp., The grain left after harvest or gleaning; also, nuts which have fallen to the ground., Liberty of winter pasturage., A shiftless fellow; a low, itinerant beggar; a vagabond; a tramp.
shadd noun Rounded stones containing tin ore, lying at the surface of the ground, and indicating a vein.
shade noun Comparative obscurity owing to interception or interruption of the rays of light; partial darkness caused by the intervention of something between the space contemplated and the source of light., Darkness; obscurity; — often in the plural., An obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a secluded retreat., That which intercepts, or shelters from, light or the direct rays of the sun; hence, also, that which protects from heat or currents of air; a screen; protection; shelter; cover; as, a lamp shade., Shadow., The soul after its separation from the body; — so called because the ancients it to be perceptible to the sight, though not to the touch; a spirit; a ghost; as, the shades of departed heroes., The darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above., Degree or variation of color, as darker or lighter, stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink., A minute difference or variation, as of thought, belief, expression, etc.; also, the quality or degree of anything which is distinguished from others similar by slight differences; as, the shades of meaning in synonyms., To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from., To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen; to hide; as, to shade one’s eyes., To obscure; to dim the brightness of., To pain in obscure colors; to darken., To mark with gradations of light or color., To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent.
shady superl. Abounding in shade or shades; overspread with shade; causing shade., Sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat., Of or pertaining to shade or darkness; hence, unfit to be seen or known; equivocal; dubious or corrupt.
shaft noun The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow., The long handle of a spear or similar weapon; hence, the weapon itself; (Fig.) anything regarded as a shaft to be thrown or darted; as, shafts of light., That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical., The trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant., The stem or midrib of a feather., The pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill., The part of a candlestick which supports its branches., The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc., A pole, especially a Maypole., The body of a column; the cylindrical pillar between the capital and base (see Illust. of Column). Also, the part of a chimney above the roof. Also, the spire of a steeple., A column, an obelisk, or other spire-shaped or columnar monument., A rod at the end of a heddle., A solid or hollow cylinder or bar, having one or more journals on which it rests and revolves, and intended to carry one or more wheels or other revolving parts and to transmit power or motion; as, the shaft of a steam engine., A humming bird (Thaumastura cora) having two of the tail feathers next to the middle ones very long in the male; — called also cora humming bird., A well-like excavation in the earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and raising ore, for raising water, etc., A long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air shaft., The chamber of a blast furnace.
shaik noun See Sheik.
shail verb i. To walk sidewise.
shake obs. p. p. of Shake., To cause to move with quick or violent vibrations; to move rapidly one way and the other; to make to tremble or shiver; to agitate., Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of., To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music., To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion; to rid one’s self of; — generally with an adverb, as off, out, etc.; as, to shake fruit down from a tree., To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter., The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation., A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly., A fissure in rock or earth., A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill., One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart., A shook of staves and headings., The redshank; — so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
shook imp. of Shake, of Shake, imp. & obs. or poet. p. p. of Shake., A set of staves and headings sufficient in number for one hogshead, cask, barrel, or the like, trimmed, and bound together in compact form., A set of boards for a sugar box., The parts of a piece of house furniture, as a bedstead, packed together., To pack, as staves, in a shook.
shako noun A kind of military cap or headdress.
shaky superl. Shaking or trembling; as, a shaky spot in a marsh; a shaky hand., Full of shakes or cracks; cracked; as, shaky timber., Easily shaken; tottering; unsound; as, a shaky constitution; shaky business credit.
shale noun A shell or husk; a cod or pod., A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure., To take off the shell or coat of; to shell.
shall verb i. & auxiliary. To owe; to be under obligation for., To be obliged; must., As an auxiliary, shall indicates a duty or necessity whose obligation is derived from the person speaking; as, you shall go; he shall go; that is, I order or promise your going. It thus ordinarily expresses, in the second and third persons, a command, a threat, or a promise. If the auxillary be emphasized, the command is made more imperative, the promise or that more positive and sure. It is also employed in the language of prophecy; as, “the day shall come when . . . , ” since a promise or threat and an authoritative prophecy nearly coincide in significance. In shall with the first person, the necessity of the action is sometimes implied as residing elsewhere than in the speaker; as, I shall suffer; we shall see; and there is always a less distinct and positive assertion of his volition than is indicated by will. “I shall go” implies nearly a simple futurity; more exactly, a foretelling or an expectation of my going, in which, naturally enough, a certain degree of plan or intention may be included; emphasize the shall, and the event is described as certain to occur, and the expression approximates in meaning to our emphatic “I will go.” In a question, the relation of speaker and source of obligation is of course transferred to the person addressed; as, “Shall you go?” (answer, “I shall go”); “Shall he go?” i. e., “Do you require or promise his going?” (answer, “He shall go”.) The same relation is transferred to either second or third person in such phrases as “You say, or think, you shall go;” “He says, or thinks, he shall go.” After a conditional conjunction (as if, whether) shall is used in all persons to express futurity simply; as, if I, you, or he shall say they are right. Should is everywhere used in the same connection and the same senses as shall, as its imperfect. It also expresses duty or moral obligation; as, he should do it whether he will or not. In the early English, and hence in our English Bible, shall is the auxiliary mainly used, in all the persons, to express simple futurity. (Cf. Will, v. t.) Shall may be used elliptically; thus, with an adverb or other word expressive of motion go may be omitted.
shalm noun See Shawm.
shalt 2d per. sing. of Shall.
shaly adjective Resembling shale in structure.
shama noun A saxicoline singing bird (Kittacincla macroura) of India, noted for the sweetness and power of its song. In confinement it imitates the notes of other birds and various animals with accuracy. Its head, neck, back, breast, and tail are glossy black, the rump white, the under parts chestnut.
shame noun A painful sensation excited by a consciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of having done something which injures reputation, or of the exposure of that which nature or modesty prompts us to conceal., Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonor; ignominy; derision; contempt., The cause or reason of shame; that which brings reproach, and degrades a person in the estimation of others; disgrace., The parts which modesty requires to be covered; the private parts., To make ashamed; to excite in (a person) a comsciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of conduct derogatory to reputation; to put to shame., To cover with reproach or ignominy; to dishonor; to disgrace., To mock at; to deride., To be ashamed; to feel shame.
shank noun See Chank., The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg., Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved., That part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock., The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms., That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle., A loop forming an eye to a button., The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph., A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it., The body of a type., The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel., A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; — called also shanks., Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round., To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; — usually followed by off.
shape noun To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to., To adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct; as, to shape the course of a vessel., To image; to conceive; to body forth., To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange., To suit; to be adjusted or conformable., Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance; outward aspect; make; figure; form; guise; as, the shape of a tree; the shape of the head; an elegant shape., That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being., A model; a pattern; a mold., Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality., Dress for disguise; guise., A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar., A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.
shard noun A plant; chard., A piece or fragment of an earthen vessel, or a like brittle substance, as the shell of an egg or snail., The hard wing case of a beetle., A gap in a fence., A boundary; a division.
share noun The part (usually an iron or steel plate) of a plow which cuts the ground at the bottom of a furrow; a plowshare., The part which opens the ground for the reception of the seed, in a machine for sowing seed., A certain quantity; a portion; a part; a division; as, a small share of prudence., Especially, the part allotted or belonging to one, of any property or interest owned by a number; a portion among others; an apportioned lot; an allotment; a dividend., Hence, one of a certain number of equal portions into which any property or invested capital is divided; as, a ship owned in ten shares., The pubes; the sharebone., To part among two or more; to distribute in portions; to divide., To partake of, use, or experience, with others; to have a portion of; to take and possess in common; as, to share a shelter with another., To cut; to shear; to cleave; to divide., To have part; to receive a portion; to partake, enjoy, or suffer with others.
shark verb t. & i. Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch fishes of the order Plagiostomi, found in all seas., A rapacious, artful person; a sharper., Trickery; fraud; petty rapine; as, to live upon the shark., To pick or gather indiscriminately or covertly., To play the petty thief; to practice fraud or trickery; to swindle., To live by shifts and stratagems.
sharp superl. Having a very thin edge or fine point; of a nature to cut or pierce easily; not blunt or dull; keen., Terminating in a point or edge; not obtuse or rounded; somewhat pointed or edged; peaked or ridged; as, a sharp hill; sharp features., Affecting the sense as if pointed or cutting, keen, penetrating, acute: to the taste or smell, pungent, acid, sour, as ammonia has a sharp taste and odor; to the hearing, piercing, shrill, as a sharp sound or voice; to the eye, instantaneously brilliant, dazzling, as a sharp flash., High in pitch; acute; as, a sharp note or tone., Raised a semitone in pitch; as, C sharp (C/), which is a half step, or semitone, higher than C., So high as to be out of tune, or above true pitch; as, the tone is sharp; that instrument is sharp. Opposed in all these senses to flat., Very trying to the feelings; piercing; keen; severe; painful; distressing; as, sharp pain, weather; a sharp and frosty air., Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe; as, a sharp rebuke., Of keen perception; quick to discern or distinguish; having nice discrimination; acute; penetrating; sagacious; clever; as, a sharp eye; sharp sight, hearing, or judgment., Eager in pursuit; keen in quest; impatient for gratification; keen; as, a sharp appetite., Fierce; ardent; fiery; violent; impetuous., Keenly or unduly attentive to one’s own interest; close and exact in dealing; shrewd; as, a sharp dealer; a sharp customer., Composed of hard, angular grains; gritty; as, sharp sand., Steep; precipitous; abrupt; as, a sharp ascent or descent; a sharp turn or curve., Uttered in a whisper, or with the breath alone, without voice, as certain consonants, such as p, k, t, f; surd; nonvocal; aspirated., To a point or edge; piercingly; eagerly; sharply., Precisely; exactly; as, we shall start at ten o’clock sharp., A sharp tool or weapon., The character [/] used to indicate that the note before which it is placed is to be raised a half step, or semitone, in pitch., A sharp tone or note., A portion of a stream where the water runs very rapidly., A sewing needle having a very slender point; a needle of the most pointed of the three grades, blunts, betweens, and sharps., Same as Middlings, 1., An expert., To sharpen., To raise above the proper pitch; to elevate the tone of; especially, to raise a half step, or semitone, above the natural tone., To play tricks in bargaining; to act the sharper., To sing above the proper pitch.
shash noun The scarf of a turban., A sash.
shave obs. p. p. of Shave., To cut or pare off from the surface of a body with a razor or other edged instrument; to cut off closely, as with a razor; as, to shave the beard., To make bare or smooth by cutting off closely the surface, or surface covering, of; especially, to remove the hair from with a razor or other sharp instrument; to take off the beard or hair of; as, to shave the face or the crown of the head; he shaved himself., To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices., To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing., To strip; to plunder; to fleece., To use a razor for removing the beard; to cut closely; hence, to be hard and severe in a bargain; to practice extortion; to cheat., A thin slice; a shaving., A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving., An exorbitant discount on a note., A premium paid for an extension of the time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a stock contract in any particular., A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave., The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave.
shawl noun A square or oblong cloth of wool, cotton, silk, or other textile or netted fabric, used, especially by women, as a loose covering for the neck and shoulders., To wrap in a shawl.
shawm noun A wind instrument of music, formerly in use, supposed to have resembled either the clarinet or the hautboy in form.
sheaf noun A sheave., A quantity of the stalks and ears of wheat, rye, or other grain, bound together; a bundle of grain or straw., Any collection of things bound together; a bundle; specifically, a bundle of arrows sufficient to fill a quiver, or the allowance of each archer, — usually twenty-four., To gather and bind into a sheaf; to make into sheaves; as, to sheaf wheat., To collect and bind cut grain, or the like; to make sheaves.
sheal noun Same as Sheeling., To put under a sheal or shelter., To take the husks or pods off from; to shell; to empty of its contents, as a husk or a pod., A shell or pod.
shore of Shear, imp. of Shear., A sewer., A prop, as a timber, placed as a brace or support against the side of a building or other structure; a prop placed beneath anything, as a beam, to prevent it from sinking or sagging., To support by a shore or shores; to prop; — usually with up; as, to shore up a building., The coast or land adjacent to a large body of water, as an ocean, lake, or large river., To set on shore.
shorn of Shear, p. p. of Shear.
shear verb t. To cut, clip, or sever anything from with shears or a like instrument; as, to shear sheep; to shear cloth., To separate or sever with shears or a similar instrument; to cut off; to clip (something) from a surface; as, to shear a fleece., To reap, as grain., Fig.: To deprive of property; to fleece., To produce a change of shape in by a shear. See Shear, n., 4., A pair of shears; — now always used in the plural, but formerly also in the singular. See Shears., A shearing; — used in designating the age of sheep., An action, resulting from applied forces, which tends to cause two contiguous parts of a body to slide relatively to each other in a direction parallel to their plane of contact; — also called shearing stress, and tangential stress., A strain, or change of shape, of an elastic body, consisting of an extension in one direction, an equal compression in a perpendicular direction, with an unchanged magnitude in the third direction., To deviate. See Sheer., To become more or less completely divided, as a body under the action of forces, by the sliding of two contiguous parts relatively to each other in a direction parallel to their plane of contact.
sheen verb t. Bright; glittering; radiant; fair; showy; sheeny., To shine; to glisten., Brightness; splendor; glitter.
sheep noun sing. & pl. Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia., A weak, bashful, silly fellow., Fig.: The people of God, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd.
sheer verb i. Bright; clear; pure; unmixed., Very thin or transparent; — applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin., Being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense., Stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular., Clean; quite; at once., To shear., To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a horse sheers at a bicycle., The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side., The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it., A turn or change in a course., Shears See Shear.
sheet verb t. In general, a large, broad piece of anything thin, as paper, cloth, etc.; a broad, thin portion of any substance; an expanded superficies., A broad piece of cloth, usually linen or cotton, used for wrapping the body or for a covering; especially, one used as an article of bedding next to the body., A broad piece of paper, whether folded or unfolded, whether blank or written or printed upon; hence, a letter; a newspaper, etc., A single signature of a book or a pamphlet;, the book itself., A broad, thinly expanded portion of metal or other substance; as, a sheet of copper, of glass, or the like; a plate; a leaf., A broad expanse of water, or the like., A sail., An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded between, or overlying, other strata., A rope or chain which regulates the angle of adjustment of a sail in relation in relation to the wind; — usually attached to the lower corner of a sail, or to a yard or a boom., The space in the forward or the after part of a boat where there are no rowers; as, fore sheets; stern sheets., To furnish with a sheet or sheets; to wrap in, or cover with, a sheet, or as with a sheet., To expand, as a sheet.
sheik noun The head of an Arab family, or of a clan or a tribe; also, the chief magistrate of an Arab village. The name is also applied to Mohammedan ecclesiastics of a high grade.
sheil noun Alt. of Sheiling
sheld adjective Variegated; spotted; speckled; piebald.
shelf verb i. A flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a distance from the floor, to hold objects of use or ornament., A sand bank in the sea, or a rock, or ledge of rocks, rendering the water shallow, and dangerous to ships., A stratum lying in a very even manner; a flat, projecting layer of rock., A piece of timber running the whole length of a vessel inside the timberheads.
shell noun A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal., The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell., A pod., The hard covering of an egg., The hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefishes, it is internal, or concealed by the mantle. Also, the hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo, the tortoise, and the like., Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering., A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive substance, ignited with a fuse or by percussion, by means of which the projectile is burst and its fragments scattered. See Bomb., The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms., Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house., A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one., An instrument of music, as a lyre, — the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell., An engraved copper roller used in print works., The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc., The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve., A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell., To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell oysters., To separate the kernels of (an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats, etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk., To throw shells or bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town., To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc., To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk; as, nuts shell in falling., To be disengaged from the ear or husk; as, wheat or rye shells in reaping.
shent imp. & past participle of Shend, obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Shend, for shendeth., To shend.
shend noun To injure, mar, spoil, or harm., To blame, reproach, or revile; to degrade, disgrace, or put to shame.
sheol noun The place of departed spirits; Hades; also, the grave.
sherd noun A fragment; — now used only in composition, as in potsherd. See Shard.
shern noun See Shearn.
shete verb t. & i. To shoot.
sheth noun The part of a plow which projects downward beneath the beam, for holding the share and other working parts; — also called standard, or post.
shewn p. p. of Shew.
shiah noun Same as Shiite., A member of that branch of the Mohammedans to which the Persians belong. They reject the first three caliphs, and consider Ali as being the first and only rightful successor of Mohammed. They do not acknowledge the Sunna, or body of traditions respecting Mohammed, as any part of the law, and on these accounts are treated as heretics by the Sunnites, or orthodox Mohammedans.
shide noun A thin board; a billet of wood; a splinter.
shied imp. & p. p. of Shy., of Shy
shiel noun A sheeling.
shift verb t. To divide; to distribute; to apportion., To change the place of; to move or remove from one place to another; as, to shift a burden from one shoulder to another; to shift the blame., To change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails., To exchange for another of the same class; to remove and to put some similar thing in its place; to change; as, to shift the clothes; to shift the scenes., To change the clothing of; — used reflexively., To put off or out of the way by some expedient., The act of shifting., The act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution., Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman’s under-garment; a chemise., The change of one set of workmen for another; hence, a spell, or turn, of work; also, a set of workmen who work in turn with other sets; as, a night shift., In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints., A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault., A change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin.
shiff verb i. To divide; to distribute., To make a change or changes; to change position; to move; to veer; to substitute one thing for another; — used in the various senses of the transitive verb., To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage., To practice indirect or evasive methods., To slip to one side of a ship, so as to destroy the equilibrum; — said of ballast or cargo; as, the cargo shifted.
shilf noun Straw.
shill verb t. To shell., To put under cover; to sheal.
shily adverb See Shyly.
shone imp. & past participle of Shine, imp. & p. p. of Shine.
shine verb i. To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night., To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver., To be effulgent in splendor or beauty., To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation., To cause to shine, as a light., To make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light; as, in hunting, to shine the eyes of a deer at night by throwing a light on them., The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen., Sunshine; fair weather., A liking for a person; a fancy., Caper; antic; row., Shining; sheen.
shiny superl. Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.
shire noun A portion of Great Britain originally under the supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually identical with a county, but sometimes limited to a smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire, Hallamshire., A division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county.
shirk verb t. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation., To avoid; to escape; to neglect; — implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty., To live by shifts and fraud; to shark., To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away., One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor.
shirl adjective Shrill., See Schorl.
shirr noun A series of close parallel runnings which are drawn up so as to make the material between them set full by gatherings; — called also shirring, and gauging.
shirt noun A loose under-garment for the upper part of the body, made of cotton, linen, or other material; — formerly used of the under-garment of either sex, now commonly restricted to that worn by men and boys., To cover or clothe with a shirt, or as with a shirt.
shist Alt. of Shistose
shive noun A slice; as, a shive of bread., A thin piece or fragment; specifically, one of the scales or pieces of the woody part of flax removed by the operation of breaking., A thin, flat cork used for stopping a wide-mouthed bottle; also, a thin wooden bung for casks.
shoad noun A train of vein material mixed with rubbish; fragments of ore which have become separated by the action of water or the weather, and serve to direct in the discovery of mines.
shoal noun A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; — said especially of fish; as, a shoal of bass., To assemble in a multitude; to throng; as, the fishes shoaled about the place., Having little depth; shallow; as, shoal water., A place where the water of a sea, lake, river, pond, etc., is shallow; a shallow., A sandbank or bar which makes the water shoal., To become shallow; as, the color of the water shows where it shoals., 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.
shoar noun A prop. See 3d Shore.
shoat noun A young hog. Same as Shote.
shock noun A pile or assemblage of sheaves of grain, as wheat, rye, or the like, set up in a field, the sheaves varying in number from twelve to sixteen; a stook., A lot consisting of sixty pieces; — a term applied in some Baltic ports to loose goods., To collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook; as, to shock rye., To be occupied with making shocks., A quivering or shaking which is the effect of a blow, collision, or violent impulse; a blow, impact, or collision; a concussion; a sudden violent impulse or onset., A sudden agitation of the mind or feelings; a sensation of pleasure or pain caused by something unexpected or overpowering; also, a sudden agitating or overpowering event., A sudden depression of the vital forces of the entire body, or of a port of it, marking some profound impression produced upon the nervous system, as by severe injury, overpowering emotion, or the like., The sudden convulsion or contraction of the muscles, with the feeling of a concussion, caused by the discharge, through the animal system, of electricity from a charged body., To give a shock to; to cause to shake or waver; hence, to strike against suddenly; to encounter with violence., To strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust; to cause to recoil; as, his violence shocked his associates., To meet with a shock; to meet in violent encounter., A dog with long hair or shag; — called also shockdog., A thick mass of bushy hair; as, a head covered with a shock of sandy hair., Bushy; shaggy; as, a shock hair.
shode verb t. The parting of the hair on the head., The top of the head; the head., Alt. of Shoding
shoes plural of Shoe
shoon plural of Shoe, pl. of Shoe.
shoer noun One who fits shoes to the feet; one who furnishes or puts on shoes; as, a shoer of horses.
shola noun See Sola.
shole noun A plank fixed beneath an object, as beneath the rudder of a vessel, to protect it from injury; a plank on the ground under the end of a shore or the like., See Shoal.
shooi noun The Richardson’s skua (Stercorarius parasiticus);- so called from its cry.
shoop imp. of Shape. Shaped.
shoot noun An inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; also, a narrow passage, either natural or artificial, in a stream, where the water rushes rapidly; esp., a channel, having a swift current, connecting the ends of a bend in the stream, so as to shorten the course., To let fly, or cause to be driven, with force, as an arrow or a bullet; — followed by a word denoting the missile, as an object., To discharge, causing a missile to be driven forth; — followed by a word denoting the weapon or instrument, as an object; — often with off; as, to shoot a gun., To strike with anything shot; to hit with a missile; often, to kill or wound with a firearm; — followed by a word denoting the person or thing hit, as an object., To send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit., To push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; — often with out; as, a plant shoots out a bud., To plane straight; to fit by planing., To pass rapidly through, over, or under; as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge; to shoot a sand bar., To variegate as if by sprinkling or intermingling; to color in spots or patches., To cause an engine or weapon to discharge a missile; — said of a person or an agent; as, they shot at a target; he shoots better than he rides., To discharge a missile; — said of an engine or instrument; as, the gun shoots well., To be shot or propelled forcibly; — said of a missile; to be emitted or driven; to move or extend swiftly, as if propelled; as, a shooting star., To penetrate, as a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation; as, shooting pains., To feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in pain., To germinate; to bud; to sprout., To grow; to advance; as, to shoot up rapidly., To change form suddenly; especially, to solidify., To protrude; to jut; to project; to extend; as, the land shoots into a promontory., To move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee., The act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot; as, the shoot of a shuttle., A young branch or growth., A rush of water; a rapid., A vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode., A weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick., A shoat; a young hog.
shorl adjective Alt. of Shorlaceous
short superl. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight., Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath., Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water., Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the ordinary, standard; — usually with of; as, to be short of money., Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith., Not distant in time; near at hand., Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory., Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); — with of., Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question., Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry., Brittle., Engaging or engaged to deliver what is not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock. See The shorts, under Short, n., and To sell short, under Short, adv., Not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in utterance; — opposed to long, and applied to vowels or to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide to Pronunciation, //22, 30., A summary account., The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran., Short, inferior hemp., Breeches; shortclothes., A short sound, syllable, or vowel., In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one’s course; to turn short., To shorten., To fail; to decrease.
shory adjective Lying near the shore.
shots plural of Shot, The refuse of cattle taken from a drove.
shote verb t. A fish resembling the trout., A young hog; a shoat.
shout verb i. To utter a sudden and loud outcry, as in joy, triumph, or exultation, or to attract attention, to animate soldiers, etc., To utter with a shout; to cry; — sometimes with out; as, to shout, or to shout out, a man’s name., To treat with shouts or clamor., A loud burst of voice or voices; a vehement and sudden outcry, especially of a multitudes expressing joy, triumph, exultation, or animated courage.
shove verb t. To drive along by the direct and continuous application of strength; to push; especially, to push (a body) so as to make it move along the surface of another body; as, to shove a boat on the water; to shove a table across the floor., To push along, aside, or away, in a careless or rude manner; to jostle., To push or drive forward; to move onward by pushing or jostling., To move off or along by an act pushing, as with an oar a pole used by one in a boat; sometimes with off., The act of shoving; a forcible push., p. p. of Shove.
shown past participle of Show, p. p. of Show.
showy adjective Making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious; gay; gaudy.
shrag noun A twig of a tree cut off., To trim, as trees; to lop.
shram verb t. To cause to shrink or shrivel with cold; to benumb.
shrap noun Alt. of Shrape
shred noun A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip., In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle., of Shred, To cut or tear into small pieces, particularly narrow and long pieces, as of cloth or leather., To lop; to prune; to trim.
shrew adjective Wicked; malicious., Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold., Any small insectivore of the genus Sorex and several allied genera of the family Sorecidae. In form and color they resemble mice, but they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are the smallest of all mammals., To beshrew; to curse.
shrow noun A shrew.
shrub noun A liquor composed of vegetable acid, especially lemon juice, and sugar, with spirit to preserve it., A woody plant of less size than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same root., To lop; to prune.
shrug verb t. To draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like., To raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like., A drawing up of the shoulders, — a motion usually expressing dislike, dread, or doubt.
shuck noun A shock of grain., A shell, husk, or pod; especially, the outer covering of such nuts as the hickory nut, butternut, peanut, and chestnut., The shell of an oyster or clam., To deprive of the shucks or husks; as, to shuck walnuts, Indian corn, oysters, etc.
shude noun The husks and other refuse of rice mills, used to adulterate oil cake, or linseed cake.
shunt verb t. To shun; to move from., To cause to move suddenly; to give a sudden start to; to shove., To turn off to one side; especially, to turn off, as a grain or a car upon a side track; to switch off; to shift., To provide with a shunt; as, to shunt a galvanometer., To go aside; to turn off., A turning off to a side or short track, that the principal track may be left free., A conducting circuit joining two points in a conductor, or the terminals of a galvanometer or dynamo, so as to form a parallel or derived circuit through which a portion of the current may pass, for the purpose of regulating the amount passing in the main circuit., The shifting of the studs on a projectile from the deep to the shallow sides of the grooves in its discharge from a shunt gun.
shute noun Same as Chute, or Shoot.
shyly adverb In a shy or timid manner; not familiarly; with reserve.