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

n building material used as siding or roofing

Type of:
building material
material used for constructing buildings

n a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.

Type of:
sign, signboard
structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted

n coarse beach gravel of small waterworn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)

Type of:
crushed rock, gravel
rock fragments and pebbles

v cover with shingles

shingle a roof”
Type of:
provide a building with a roof; cover a building with a roof

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