AskDefine | Define shingle

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1 building material used as siding or roofing [syn: shake]
2 coarse beach gravel of small water-worn stones and pebbles (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)
3 a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g. v : cover with shingles; "shingle a roof"

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Etymology 1

From scindula, an alteration influenced by the σχίδαξ (lath, cf. σχίζα, σχίσμα, σχίζω) of the scandula (roof tile) < scindere (to split) < Proto-Indo-European base *sked- (to split).


  1. A small, thin piece of building material, often with one end thicker than the other, for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building.
  2. A rectangular piece of steel obtained by means of a shingling process involving hammering of puddled steel.
  3. A small signboard designating a professional office; this may be both a physical signboard or a metaphoric term for a small production company (a production shingle).
small, thin piece of building material


  1. To cover with small, thin pieces of building material, with shingles.
to cover with shingles (building material)

Etymology 2

Probably cognate to the singl (small stones) or the North Frisian singel (gravel), both imitative of the sound of water running over such pebbles.


  1. Small, smooth pebbles, as on a beach.
small, smooth pebbles

Etymology 3

From dialect chingler 'to strap, whip', from cingula 'girt, belt' from cingere 'to girt'


  1. In the context of "transitive|industry": to hammer and squeeze material in order to expell cinder and impurities from it, as in metallurgy
  2. to lash with a shingle


  1. a punitive strap such as a belt, as used for severe spanking
  2. (by extension) any paddle for corporal punishment

Extensive Definition

Shingle can refer to:
  • Herpes zoster ("shingles"), a disease of the nerves
  • Shingle back (Trachydosaurus rugosus), a species of skink found in Australia.
  • Shingle bob, a short hairstyle for women in the mid 1920s
  • In text mining, a contiguous subsequence of tokens in a document used to gauge syntactic similarity. A set of shingles comprise a w-shingling
  • Toast, in diner lingo
shingle in German: Schindel
shingle in Serbian: Плочица

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