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[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.
  3. on land, especially within the area adjoining a port; ashore: to land and shop onshore.
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  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.
  3. done or taking place on land: onshore liberty for the crew.
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Origin of onshore

First recorded in 1870–75; on + shore1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective, adverb
  1. towards the landan onshore gale
  2. on land; not at sea
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