shoal


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Synonyms for shoal

a shallow part of a body of water

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measuring little from bottom to top or surface

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a sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide

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a stretch of shallow water

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a large group of fish

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make shallow

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become shallow

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As soon as he got back to the shoal he raised his voice and gave the alarm.
A pistol cracked from the shoal, a second, and a third; then a regular fusillade began.
At first I imagined it to be produced by a shoal of fish sporting on the surface, but our savage friends assured us that it was caused by a shoal of 'whinhenies'(young girls), who in this manner were coming off from the shore to welcome is.
For nearly an hour the Nautilus floated in the midst of this shoal of molluscs.
His boat grounded upon an old shoal which you would not remember.
Was it the shoal made where the stone-boats sank in the year of the great drouth--a long shoal that lasted three floods?
Say, dad, it looks 's if we wouldn't hev to lay more'n two weeks on the Shoals.
Away to the northward, out to sea, ran a line of bars and shoals and rocks that would never let a ship come within six miles of the beach, and between the islands and the mainland was a stretch of deep water that ran up to the perpendicular cliffs, and somewhere below the cliffs was the mouth of the tunnel.
There can be no doubt that the land round the Bay of Concepcion was upraised two or three feet; but it deserves notice, that owing to the wave having obliterated the old lines of tidal action on the sloping sandy shores, I could discover no evidence of this fact, except in the united testimony of the inhabitants, that one little rocky shoal, now exposed, was formerly covered with water.
Captain Davenport was murmuring as his ship forged clear; but he broke off abruptly to gaze at the shoal which should have been dead astern, but which was already on the PYRENEES' weather-quarter and working up rapidly to windward.
It enters the river in immense shoals, like solid columns, often extending to the depth of five or more feet, and is scooped up by the natives with small nets at the end of poles.
To navigate a vessel through the reefs and shoals and passages and unlighted coasts of the coral seas is a man's work in itself.
I was not unprepared for jagged rocks and treacherous shoals if I could only have change -- change and the excitement of the unforeseen.
But neither great Washington, nor Napoleon, nor Nelson, will answer a single hail from below, however madly invoked to befriend by their counsels the distracted decks upon which they gaze; however it may be surmised, that their spirits penetrate through the thick haze of the future, and descry what shoals and what rocks must be shunned.
Two of them came on board in less than half an hour, by whom we were guided between certain shoals and rocks, which are very dangerous in the passage, to a large basin, where a fleet may ride in safety within a cable's length of the town-wall.