[ on-shawr, -shohr, awn- ]
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  1. onto or in the direction of the shore from a body of water: a breeze blowing onshore.

  2. in or on a body of water, close to or parallel with the shore: to sail a boat onshore.

  1. on land, especially within the area adjoining a port; ashore: to land and shop onshore.

  1. moving or proceeding toward shore or onto land from a body of water: an onshore breeze.

  2. located on or close to the shore: an onshore lighthouse; an onshore buoy.

  1. done or taking place on land: onshore liberty for the crew.

verb (used with or without object)

Origin of onshore

First recorded in 1500–75; on + shore1

Other words from onshore

  • on·shor·ing, noun

Words Nearby onshore

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British Dictionary definitions for onshore


/ (ˈɒnˈʃɔː) /

adjective, adverb
  1. towards the land: an onshore gale

  2. on land; not at sea

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