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English definition of “shingle”

shingle

noun uk   /ˈʃɪŋ.ɡl̩/ us  

shingle noun (STONES)

[U] small, round stones that cover a beach or the ground by the edge of a river: a shingle beach I love the noise of the waves on the shingle.Coasts and beachesBays and gulfs

shingle noun (PIECE)

[C] a thin, flat tile usually made of wood, that is fixed in rows to make a roof or wall coveringBuilding materialsRoofs and parts of roofs

shingle noun (DISEASE)

shingles [U] a disease caused by a virus that infects particular nerves and that produces a line or lines of painful red spots, especially around the waistDisorders of muscles and the nervous systemSkin complaints and blemishes
shingly
adverb uk   /-ɡl̩.i/ us  
covered in shingle: It was uncomfortable walking barefoot on the shingly beach.Coasts and beachesBays and gulfs
(Definition of shingle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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