Main definitions of shore in English

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noun

  • 1The land along the edge of a sea, lake, or other large body of water.

    ‘I made for the shore’
    • ‘Eight holes are along the shores of Lake Michigan and strong winds could be a major factor in the event.’
    • ‘Well, it's overcast and windy along the shores of Lake Michigan and Eastern Wisconsin.’
    • ‘She could hear the soft lapping of the lake water on its shores, and the rustle of the breeze through the leaves of the trees.’
    • ‘The species apparently grew along shores of lakes and fresh-water lagoons.’
    • ‘With heavy settlements along the shores of the Vembanad Lake, the tsunami would have had a smothering effect on the city.’
    • ‘Some cabins and resorts are scattered along the lake shores.’
    • ‘But he certainly helped to accelerate the rate of economic and social change in the cities and towns along the shore of Lake Michigan.’
    • ‘Native Americans, who originally lived along the shores of the lake, considered it their spiritual home, their Garden of Eden.’
    • ‘These figures for the most part do not include freshwater wetlands along the shores of lakes, banks of rivers, in estuaries and along the marine coasts.’
    • ‘This annual grass grows in shallow water in slow streams and rivers and even along the shores of certain lakes.’
    • ‘Geological analyses indicate that ancient Herto residents lived along the shores of a shallow lake inhabited by hippos, crocodiles, and catfish.’
    • ‘Fewer and fewer locals and tourists picnic along the lake's shores following the disappearance of tourist resorts and recreation spots due to increasing population.’
    • ‘All the events are in a continuous space, stretching along the lake shore and including the youth camp.’
    • ‘But community councillors representing the string of villages along the shores of Loch Ness have already submitted objections.’
    • ‘This would mark the start of our trek along the shore of Loch Ness.’
    • ‘But the settlers had come to like living along the shores of Tor Bay, and they politely declined.’
    • ‘Along the shores of the lake, tall trees rise to the sky.’
    • ‘It also revived a business coalition formed years earlier to promote the waterway for the benefit of communities along its shores.’
    • ‘The salmon can be raised economically only in pens along the ocean shore or in estuaries.’
    • ‘The first fossils from this area were found in 1819 in limestone along the lake's shore, and new species continue to be found there.’
    seashore, seaside, beach, coast, coastal region, seaboard, sea coast, bank, lakeside, verge, edge, shoreline, waterside, front, shoreside, foreshore, sand, sands
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    1. 1.1Law The land between ordinary high- and low-water marks.
    2. 1.2usually shoresA country or other geographic area bounded by a coast.
      ‘record companies have been anxious to import the music to American shores’
      • ‘Each of the huge rafters had been carved from a single tree, and old tombstones told tales of deaths on distant shores as, indeed, they did in Kochi's St. Francis Church.’
      • ‘At 26, Wilder arrived on American shores with just $11 in his pocket, and from that moment on, he lived his life in English.’
      • ‘Plant hunters were bringing exotic new species from distant shores and their finds prompted extreme security measures such as man-traps.’
      • ‘We have always been concerned with the welfare of those Indian workers who travel to distant shores in search of higher remuneration.’
      • ‘Immigrants from more distant shores than those of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have made them their own.’
      • ‘Many still think it is an African disease that is too distant from their shores.’
      • ‘With some historical detective work, they manage to reconstruct a genealogy, tracing their line back to early colonists or distant shores.’
      • ‘At the same time, we are experiencing vulnerability on our own shores and grief for the innocent lives that will be lost on distant shores.’
      • ‘It could be that they were bound to the distant shores of Africa or Brazil.’
      • ‘Heaven help the pharmacists if the debate getting under way in the US about mail-order prescription medicines ever reaches our shores.’
      • ‘Some even claim that the game will never reach our shores.’
      • ‘‘It does migrate northwards into Europe and occasionally reaches our shores,’ he said.’
      • ‘Still others reformed entire countries, making way for U.S. products on distant shores.’
      • ‘When the first humans reached our shores, America was the greatest unexplored frontier on earth.’
      • ‘The bombs, we assure ourselves, will not reach our shores.’
      • ‘The officials told him that they had nothing to do with the cigarettes once they reached Colombian shores.’
      • ‘This month, The Producers, one of Broadway's biggest-ever successes, finally reaches our shores.’
      • ‘She runs a course called Recovery, developed in the USA in 1976 by Dr Bruce Fisher but only now reaching our shores.’
      • ‘Now, maybe it is time to bring them back to our own shores to remind us again what makes this country great.’
      • ‘The invasions of Germanic peoples brought strong traditions of customary law to these shores.’

Phrases

    in shore
    • On the water near land or nearer to land.

      ‘At the moment he is net fishing close in shore for Dover sole.’
    on shore
    • Ashore; on land.

      ‘are any of the crew left on shore?’
      • ‘One day he discovers a coffin washed up on shore and in it the perfectly preserved body of a sailor.’
      • ‘We have to speak out passionately to try to get the Tampa boat people on shore.’
      • ‘A week later their supplies had been completely exhausted but they landed on shore in time.’
      • ‘Harbor seals give birth on shore and nurse their pups for four to five weeks.’
      • ‘As the pedal boat landed on shore, Louis and one of the men who was on the pedal boat carried Stephen off from the boat and laid him on the sand.’
      • ‘There were very few lights on shore, but the glow on the horizon to the northeast clearly pointed the way to Cartagena.’
      • ‘When I was safely on shore, the smell of fish hit me like a brick wall.’
      • ‘He's a great sailor and fighter, but on shore has more than his share of shortcomings as a businessman, politician and husband.’
      • ‘Some states originally allowed gambling only on boats that were not anchored in harbors, while gambling is now is allowed on shore.’
      • ‘If the network is implemented, the navy will achieve its goal of information sharing between its ships and command centers on shore.’

Origin

Middle English from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schōre; perhaps related to the verb shear.

Pronunciation

shore

/ʃɔː/

Main definitions of shore in English

: shore1shore2shore3

shore2

noun

  • A prop or beam set obliquely against something weak or unstable as a support.

verb

[with object]shore something up
  • 1Support or hold up something with props or beams.

    ‘rescue workers had to shore up the building, which was in danger of collapse’
    • ‘Centuries ago in China, workers buried adobe blocks to shore up buildings.’
    • ‘The first phase of restoration, which was completed two years ago, shored up the brick masonry on the northeast corner.’
    • ‘There was a host of tasks, from shoring up the fire escape to re-wiring to new windows.’
    • ‘They were able to gain access a second time only after additional work to shore up the badly damaged structure.’
    • ‘Chances are that while you are there a carpenter or glazier will be at work shoring up as window or correcting a lean.’
    • ‘Flooding is an annual curse for the Chinese people, but there is a desperation surrounding attempts to shore up the crumbling banks of Dongting Lake.’
    • ‘The money could be spent on shoring up doors and windows as well as measures to protect interiors and wiring.’
    • ‘Mr. Ye not only shored up the building's structure, but also had students and teachers prepare for a disaster.’
    • ‘On one side, where it threatened to fall over into the garden, it was shored up with baulks of timber, driftwood picked up on the strand.’
    • ‘Chalk has never been used to shore up a monument in this way before.’
    prop up, hold up, bolster up, support, brace, buttress, strengthen, fortify, reinforce, underpin, truss, stay
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    1. 1.1Support or assist something that would otherwise fail or decline.
      ‘Congress approved a $700 billion plan to shore up the financial industry’
      • ‘Widespread opposition to a proposed Afghan law is less about liberating women than shoring up Western authority.’
      • ‘An awful lot of your money being used to shore up Bank of America.’
      • ‘The English have made a host of changes, primarily to shore up their defence.’
      • ‘Justified or not, the call for reparations seems to me to be based around shoring up racial tensions rather than diffusing them.’
      • ‘The government wants all workers to take out a second, private, pension to shore up the declining state pension.’
      • ‘He expects Chirac will launch a fierce attack on Britain to shore up his domestic support.’
      • ‘Cardoso appeals to the spirit of the nation's soccer fans to shore up the confidence of the country.’
      • ‘Now both seem likely to return to the transfer market to shore up their resources in the position.’
      • ‘This morning he arrived in Turkey to shore up White House relations with a key U. S. ally.’
      • ‘Bank profits are being channelled into shoring up their balance sheets, rather than new investments.’

Origin

Middle English from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schore ‘prop’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

shore

/ʃɔː/

Main definitions of shore in English

: shore1shore2shore3

shore3

archaic past of shear

Pronunciation

shore

/ʃɔː/