- shore bird,
- shore bug,
- shore crab,
- shore dinner,
- shore fly
Origin of shore1
verb (used with object), shored, shor·ing.
Origin of shore2
verb (used with object), shored, shor·ing. Scot. and North England.
Origin of shore3
Examples from the Web for shore
And it has become a go-to stop for Republican politicians eager to shore up their Christian credentials.
Each of us believes what we choose to believe, and facts have become bricks to shore up the fortress of our own biases.
It has taken more than that so far to just relocate the population and shore up the buildings.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
German artillery chased the landing craft where they milled off shore.
It announced a withdrawal from the French shore due to invincible enemy resistance.
The lake dwellers had fires, both on shore and in their huts over the water.
Yet, the next morning, when I went down upon the shore, how beautiful it looked—the hypocrite!Sketches in Canada, and rambles among the red men|Anna Brownell Jameson
No doubt exists with us now that the Shore Lark breeds here; we meet with them very frequently.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
The Emperor rode thither in haste, while Mahommed betook himself to the shore of the sea.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
Surely we thought we were lost before, when he threw the great rock, and washed our ship back to the shore.
- land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)
- (as modifier)shore duty
Word Origin for shore
Word Origin for shore
"land bordering a large body of water," c.1300, from an Old English word or from Middle Low German schor "shore, coast, headland," or Middle Dutch scorre "land washed by the sea," all probably from Proto-Germanic *skur-o- "cut," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
According to etymologists originally with a sense of "division" between land and water. But if the word began on the North Sea coast of the continent, it might as well have meant originally "land 'cut off' from the mainland by tidal marshes" (cf. Old Norse skerg "an isolated rock in the sea," related to sker "to cut, shear"). Old English words for "coast, shore" were strand (n.), waroþ, ofer. Few Indo-European languages have such a single comprehensive word for "land bordering water" (Homer uses one word for sandy beaches, another for rocky headlands). General application to "country near a seacoast" is attested from 1610s.
mid-14c., "to prop, support with a prop;" of obscure etymology though widespread in West Germanic; cf. Middle Dutch schooren "to prop up, support," Old Norse skorða (n.) "a piece of timber set up as a support." Related: Shored; shoring. Also as a noun, "post or beam for temporary support of something" (mid-15c.), especially an oblique timber to brace the side of a building or excavation.