[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. onrush,
  2. onrushing,
  3. ons,
  4. onsager,
  5. onset,
  6. onshoring,
  7. onside,
  8. onside kick,
  9. onslaught,
  10. onslow

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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