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SHOAL, noun

1. A great multitude assembled; a crowd; a throng; as shoals of people. Immense shoals of herring appear on the coast in the spring.

The vices of a prince draw shoals of followers. Decay of Piety.

2. A place where the water of a river, lake or sea is shallow or af little depth; a sand bank or bar; a shallow. The entrance of rivers is often rendered difficult or dangerous by shoals.

SHOAL, verb intransitive

1. To crowd; to throng; to assemble in a multitude. The fishes shoaled about the place.

2. To become more shallow. The water shoals as we approach the town.

SHOAL, adjective Shallow; of little depth; as shoal water.