Definition of continental shelf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


continental shelf

BrE BrE//ˌkɒntɪˌnentəl ˈʃelf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntɪˌnentəl ˈʃelf//
[usually singular] (geology)
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the area of land on the edge of a continent that slopes into the ocean
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: continental shelf