Origin of shoring
- 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.
- 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
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- to threaten (someone).
- to offer or proffer (something).
Origin of shore3
Examples from the Web for shoring
The GOP will give itself credibility by shoring up the program that works and seriously attempting to fix the one that doesn't.Why Republicans Should Defend the Welfare State
March 5, 2013
Analysts say a more aggressive American approach to shoring up the opposition leadership may now be underway.How the U.S. Election Helps Syria
November 7, 2012
The Brown campaign, early on, focused a significant deal of attention to shoring up their support in the Jewish community.Josh Mandel's Homecourt Disadvantage
October 2, 2012
Why, then, is he focusing so intently upon stabilizing Afghanistan instead of shoring up Islamabad first and foremost?Fighting the Wrong War
December 1, 2009
Moving on ... after shoring myself up financially, I headed off to St. Kitts for a while.Will This Book Save Your Life?
March 2, 2009
Works of shoring up, embanking and strengthening were carried out.Nooks and Corners of Old Paris
It is a low-grade ore, I should say, and tunnelling and shoring would eat it up.Peter
F. Hopkinson Smith
MacNutt divided them into gangs and set them to work staying and shoring the remnants of the dam.The Boss of Wind River
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Other important uses for timber are as cross-ties, poles for telegraph and telephone lines, and "shoring" or supports in mines.Special Days and their Observance
The ground never thaws below a depth of two feet, so there is no need of shoring to prevent its caving.Klondike Nuggets
E. S. Ellis
- the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or wide riverRelated adjective: littoral
- land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)
- (as modifier)shore duty
- law the tract of coastland lying between the ordinary marks of high and low water
- (often plural) a countryhis native shores
- (tr) to move or drag (a boat) onto a shore
- a prop, post, or beam used to support a wall, building, ship in dry dock, etc
- (tr often foll by up) to prop or make safe with or as if with a shore
- Australian and NZ a past tense of shear
Word Origin and History for shoring
"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.