[ bak-shawr, -shohr ]
/ ˈbækˌʃɔr, -ˌʃoʊr /

noun Geology.

the zone of the shore or beach above the high-water line, acted upon only by severe storms or exceptionally high tides.
the area immediately adjacent to a sea cliff.

Nearby words

  1. backscratcher,
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  3. backseat driver,
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  6. backside,
  7. backside-front,
  8. backside-to,
  9. backsight,
  10. backslap

Origin of backshore

First recorded in 1915–20; back1 + shore1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for backshore


[ băkshôr′ ]

The area of a shore that lies between the average high tide mark and the vegetation. The backshore is affected by waves only during severe storms. Compare foreshore.
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