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[shawr, shohr] /ʃɔr, ʃoʊr/
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.
verb (used with object), shored, shoring.
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.
Origin of shore2
1300-50; (noun) Middle English; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schore prop; (v.) shoren, derivative of the noun
1. brace, buttress, stay.


[shawr, shohr] /ʃɔr, ʃoʊr/
verb (used with object), shored, shoring. Scot. and North England.
to threaten (someone).
to offer or proffer (something).
1325-75; Middle English (Scots) schore < ? Unabridged
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  • The foreshore was honeycombed with shallow pits, shored, and timbered with rough hewn timber.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • It was shored with mattresses under the personal direction of the executive.

  • The galleries were well propped and shored with dry wood taken from the houses of the lower town.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • There they had raised her on blocks and shored her up so they could work to advantage.

    The Rival Campers Afloat Ruel Perley Smith
  • After consultation, this opening was carefully filled with dirt and shored up.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • It was as though someone had shored up the house with a frame of metal and then laboriously concealed the evidence.

  • The roof of the cave was shored up with boards, supported by joists.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
  • Then he turned away from the settlement, and was soon lost behind the rising ground which shored the great mire.

  • Slowly the first bent is lifted and shored up until the pike-poles can be brought into play.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for shored


the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or wide river related adjective littoral
  1. land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)
  2. (as modifier): shore duty
(law) the tract of coastland lying between the ordinary marks of high and low water
(often pl) a country: his native shores
(transitive) to move or drag (a boat) onto a shore
Word Origin
C14: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōre; compare Old High German scorra cliff; see shear


a prop, post, or beam used to support a wall, building, ship in dry dock, etc
(transitive) often foll by up. to prop or make safe with or as if with a shore
Derived Forms
shoring, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch schōre; related to Old Norse skortha prop


(Austral & NZ) a past tense of shear
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Word Origin and History for shored



"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.


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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