Shoal vs Inlet - What's the difference?

shoal | inlet |


As nouns the difference between shoal and inlet

is that shoal is a sandbank or sandbar creating a shallow or shoal can be any large number of persons or things while inlet is a body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary.

As verbs the difference between shoal and inlet

is that shoal is to arrive at a shallow (or less deep) area or shoal can be to collect in a shoal; to throng while inlet is to let in; admit.

As an adjective shoal

is shallow.

shoal

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) schold, scholde, from (etyl) . Compare (shallow).

Alternative forms

* (l) (dialectal) * (l), (l), (l), (l), (l), (l) (Scotland) * (l), (l), (l)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Shallow.
  • shoal water
  • * 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , III.19:
  • But that part of the coast being shoal and bare, / And rough with reefs which ran out many a mile, / His port lay on the other side o' the isle.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A sandbank or sandbar creating a shallow.
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage='Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.}}
  • * Dryden
  • The god himself with ready trident stands, / And opes the deep, and spreads the moving sands, / Then heaves them off the shoals .
  • A shallow in a body of water.
  • * Mortimer
  • The depth of your pond should be six feet; and on the sides some shoals for the fish to lay their spawn.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Wolsey, that once trod the ways of glory, / And sounded all the depths and shoals of honour.
    Synonyms
    * (sandbank) sandbar, sandbank

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To arrive at a shallow (or less deep) area.
  • To cause a shallowing; to come to a more shallow part of.
  • A ship shoals her water by advancing into that which is less deep. — Marryat.
  • To become shallow.
  • The colour of the water shows where it shoals .

    Etymology 2

    1570, presumably from (etyl) *.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any large number of persons or things.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • great shoals of people
  • A large number of fish (or other sea creatures) of the same species swimming together.
  • * Waller
  • Beneath, a shoal of silver fishes glides.
    Synonyms
    * (fish) school

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To collect in a shoal; to throng.
  • The fish shoaled about the place.

    Anagrams

    * * * English collective nouns

    inlet

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) inleten, equivalent to .

    Verb

  • To let in; admit.
  • To insert; inlay.
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    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Noun

    (wikipedia inlet) (en noun)
  • A body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary.
  • A passage that leads into a cavity.
  • * 1748 . HUME, David. An enquiry concerning human understanding. In: L. A. SELBY-BIGGE, M. A. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. 2. ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 15.
  • by opening this new inlet''' for sensations, you also open an '''inlet for the ideas;

    Anagrams

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