shingle

A shingle is a thin piece of wood used in making a roof or a signboard outside an office, especially a doctor’s or lawyer's. If you’re opening a business, hang your shingle outside so people can find you.

One kind of shingle is a rectangular piece of wood or other material used to make a roof. The other is a type of small sign outside an office that shows someone is ready to see clients, patients, or other types of customers. The word shingle is from the Latin scindere for "to split,” as in splitting wood, and whatever you do with a shingle, it’s a small flat hunk of wood.

Definitions of shingle
  1. noun
    building material used as siding or roofing
    synonyms: shake
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    type of:
    building material
    material used for constructing buildings
  2. noun
    a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.
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    type of:
    sign, signboard
    structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
  3. noun
    coarse beach gravel of small waterworn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)
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    type of:
    crushed rock, gravel
    rock fragments and pebbles
  4. verb
    cover with shingles
    shingle a roof”
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    type of:
    roof
    provide a building with a roof; cover a building with a roof
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