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Topic: GEOLOGY

Sense: 1,3
Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Probably from Latin scindula 'flat piece of wood'
Sense: 2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

shingle

noun
     
shin‧gle
1 [uncountable and countable] one of many small thin pieces of wood or another building material, fastened in rows to cover a roof or wall
2 [uncountable]HEG small round pieces of stone on a beach:
the crash of waves on the shingle
3

hang out your shingle

American EnglishB to start your own business, especially as a doctor or lawyer
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