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SHALLOW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shallow mean? 

SHALLOW (noun)
  The noun SHALLOW has 1 sense:

1. a stretch of shallow water

  Familiarity information: SHALLOW used as a noun is very rare.


SHALLOW (adjective)
  The adjective SHALLOW has 3 senses:

1. lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center
2. not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply
3. lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious

  Familiarity information: SHALLOW used as an adjective is uncommon.


SHALLOW (verb)
  The verb SHALLOW has 2 senses:

1. make shallow
2. become shallow

  Familiarity information: SHALLOW used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHALLOW (noun)


Sense 1shallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stretch of shallow water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

shallow; shoal

Hypernyms ("shallow" is a kind of...):

body of water; water (the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean))


SHALLOW (adjective)


Sense 1shallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center

Context examples:

shallow water / a shallow dish / a shallow cut / a shallow closet / established a shallow beachhead / hit the ball to shallow left field

Similar:

reefy; shelfy; shelvy; shoaly (full of submerged reefs or sandbanks or shoals)

neritic (relating to the region of shallow water adjoining the seacoast)

fordable (shallow enough to be crossed by walking or riding on an animal or in a vehicle)

ankle-deep; knee-deep (coming only to the ankle or knee)

Attribute:

depth (extent downward or backward or inward)

Antonym:

deep (having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination)


Sense 2shallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply

Context examples:

shallow breathing / a night of shallow fretful sleep / in a shallow trance

Similar:

light; wakeful ((of sleep) easily disturbed)

skin-deep; superficial; surface (involving a surface only)

Attribute:

depth (extent downward or backward or inward)

Antonym:

deep (relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply)


Sense 3shallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious

Context examples:

shallow people / his arguments seemed shallow and tedious

Similar:

superficial (being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually)


SHALLOW (verb)


Sense 1shallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make shallow

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

shallow; shoal

Context example:

The silt shallowed the canal

Hypernyms (to "shallow" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2shallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become shallow

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

shallow; shoal

Context example:

the lake shallowed over time

Hypernyms (to "shallow" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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