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shore1

[shawr, shohr]
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noun
  1. the land along the edge of a sea, lake, broad river, etc.
  2. some particular country: my native shore.
  3. land, as opposed to sea or water: a marine serving on shore.
  4. Law. the space between the ordinary high-water and low-water mark.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or located on land, especially land along the edge of a body of water: a marine on shore duty.
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Origin of shore1

1300–50; Middle English schore, Old English scora; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schore; perhaps akin to shear

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1. strand, margin. Shore, bank, beach, coast refer to an edge of land abutting on an ocean, lake, or other large body of water. Shore is the general word: The ship reached shore. Bank denotes the land along a river or other watercourse, sometimes steep but often not: The river flows between its banks. Beach refers to sandy or pebbly margins along a shore, especially those made wider at ebb tide: a private beach for bathers. Coast applies only to land along an ocean: the Pacific coast.

shore2

[shawr, shohr]
noun
  1. a supporting post or beam with auxiliary members, especially one placed obliquely against the side of a building, a ship in drydock, or the like; prop; strut.
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verb (used with object), shored, shor·ing.
  1. to support by or as if by a shore or shores; prop (usually followed by up): to shore up a roof; government subsidies to shore up falling corn prices.
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Origin of shore2

1300–50; (noun) Middle English; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schore prop; (v.) shoren, derivative of the noun

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1. brace, buttress, stay.

shore3

[shawr, shohr]
verb (used with object), shored, shor·ing. Scot. and North England.
  1. to threaten (someone).
  2. to offer or proffer (something).
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Origin of shore3

1325–75; Middle English (Scots) schore < ?

Shore

[shawr, shohr]
noun
  1. Jane,1445?–1527, mistress of Edward IV of England.
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  • He quickly turned the boat to the shore, and the stranger jumped on board.

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    Horatio Alger

  • "If there were any use in wishing, I'd wish myself on shore," said the second.

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    Horatio Alger

  • Let us go down to the shore, and see if we can see anything of the ship.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The two bent their steps to the shore, and looked out to sea.

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    Horatio Alger

  • It would be pleasanter inland, but we must be near the shore, so as to be in sight of ships.

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    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for shore

shore1

noun
  1. the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or wide riverRelated adjective: littoral
    1. land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)
    2. (as modifier)shore duty
  2. law the tract of coastland lying between the ordinary marks of high and low water
  3. (often plural) a countryhis native shores
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verb
  1. (tr) to move or drag (a boat) onto a shore
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Word Origin

C14: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōre; compare Old High German scorra cliff; see shear

shore2

noun
  1. a prop, post, or beam used to support a wall, building, ship in dry dock, etc
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verb
  1. (tr often foll by up) to prop or make safe with or as if with a shore
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Derived Formsshoring, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Middle Dutch schōre; related to Old Norse skortha prop

shore3

verb
  1. Australian and NZ a past tense of shear
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Word Origin and History for shore

n.

"land bordering a large body of water," c.1300, from an Old English word or from Middle Low German schor "shore, coast, headland," or Middle Dutch scorre "land washed by the sea," all probably from Proto-Germanic *skur-o- "cut," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

According to etymologists originally with a sense of "division" between land and water. But if the word began on the North Sea coast of the continent, it might as well have meant originally "land 'cut off' from the mainland by tidal marshes" (cf. Old Norse skerg "an isolated rock in the sea," related to sker "to cut, shear"). Old English words for "coast, shore" were strand (n.), waroþ, ofer. Few Indo-European languages have such a single comprehensive word for "land bordering water" (Homer uses one word for sandy beaches, another for rocky headlands). General application to "country near a seacoast" is attested from 1610s.

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v.

mid-14c., "to prop, support with a prop;" of obscure etymology though widespread in West Germanic; cf. Middle Dutch schooren "to prop up, support," Old Norse skorða (n.) "a piece of timber set up as a support." Related: Shored; shoring. Also as a noun, "post or beam for temporary support of something" (mid-15c.), especially an oblique timber to brace the side of a building or excavation.

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