shoal

The noun shoal can be used to refer to a group of fish or an area of shallow water. So when you’re navigating a shoal in your row boat, you might look down and see a shoal of fish swimming out of the way.

If you like to fish, you might know that shoal can refer to shallow water, but it can also describe a sandbank that you can only see when the water is low. Both kinds of shoals are problems if you’re trying to navigate in a boat — you have to try not to run aground when you encounter either one. The word also has a verb form that describes water that gets shallow: it shoals.

Definitions of shoal
  1. noun
    a stretch of shallow water
    synonyms: shallow
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    type of:
    body of water, water
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
  2. noun
    a sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide
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    sandbank
    a submerged bank of sand near a shore or in a river; can be exposed at low tide
  3. noun
    a large group of fish
    synonyms: school
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    type of:
    animal group
    a group of animals
  4. verb
    become shallow
    synonyms: shallow
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  5. verb
    make shallow
    synonyms: shallow
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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