n. shallow place in a body of water; sandy elevation of the bottom of a body of water, sandbank or sandbar
The boat struck a shoal and fetched up all standing.
Sentence in Classic:
Reared in Charleston, he knew every inlet, creek, shoal and rock of the Carolina coast near that port, and he was equally at home in the waters around Wilmington.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
To the left of us there was the long uninterrupted shoal, and to the right a high, steep bank heavily overgrown with bushes.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad Context
Ere long, several of the whales were wounded; when, suddenly, a very large whale escaping from the boats, issued from the shoal, and bore directly down upon the ship.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
And first Sergestus is left behind, struggling on the steep rock and shoal water, and shouting in vain for help and learning to race with broken oars.
It is nice at high water; but when the tide is out it shoals away to nothing, and there is merely the stream of the Esk, running between banks of sand, with rocks here and there.
There is sometimes a chamber which does not burn in the midst of a conflagration, and in the midst of raging seas, beyond a promontory or at the extremity of a blind alley of shoals, a tranquil nook.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
Three the east forces from the deep into shallows and quicksands, piteous to see, dashes on shoals and girdles with a sandbank.