Meaning of “continental shelf” in the English Dictionary

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"continental shelf" in British English

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continental shelfnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌkɒn.tɪ.nen.təl ˈʃelf/ us /ˌkɑːn.t̬ən.en.t̬əl ˈʃelf/ specialized

the area of the bottom of the sea near the coast of a continent, where the sea is not very deep

(Definition of “continental shelf” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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