[ on-shawr, -shohr, awn- ]
/ ˈɒnˈʃɔr, -ˈʃoʊr, ˈɔn- /


onto or in the direction of the shore from a body of water: a breeze blowing onshore.
in or on a body of water, close to or parallel with the shore: to sail a boat onshore.
on land, especially within the area adjoining a port; ashore: to land and shop onshore.


moving or proceeding toward shore or onto land from a body of water: an onshore breeze.
located on or close to the shore: an onshore lighthouse; an onshore buoy.
done or taking place on land: onshore liberty for the crew.

Words nearby onshore

Origin of onshore

First recorded in 1870–75; on + shore1
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British Dictionary definitions for onshore

/ (ˈɒnˈʃɔː) /

adjective, adverb

towards the landan onshore gale
on land; not at sea
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