Sham"ble (?), n. [OE. schamel a bench, stool, AS. scamel, sceamol, a bench, form, stool, fr. L. scamellum, dim. of scamnum a bench, stool.]

1. Mining

One of a succession of niches or platforms, one above another, to hold ore which is thrown successively from platform to platform, and thus raised to a higher level.

2. pl.

A place where butcher's meat is sold.

As summer flies are in the shambles. Shak.

3. pl.

A place for slaughtering animals for meat.

To make a shambles of the parliament house. Shak.


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Sham"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shambled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Shambling (?).] [Cf. OD. schampelen to slip, schampen to slip away, escape. Cf. Scamble, Scamper.]

To walk awkwardly and unsteadily, as if the knees were weak; to shuffle along.


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