shore

1
[ shawr, shohr ]
/ ʃɔr, ʃoʊr /

noun

the land along the edge of a sea, lake, broad river, etc.
some particular country: my native shore.
land, as opposed to sea or water: a marine serving on shore.
Law. the space between the ordinary high-water and low-water mark.

adjective

of, relating to, or located on land, especially land along the edge of a body of water: a marine on shore duty.

Origin of shore

1
1300–50; Middle English schore, Old English scora; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schore; perhaps akin to shear

SYNONYMS FOR shore

1 strand, margin. Shore, bank, beach, coast refer to an edge of land abutting on an ocean, lake, or other large body of water. Shore is the general word: The ship reached shore. Bank denotes the land along a river or other watercourse, sometimes steep but often not: The river flows between its banks. Beach refers to sandy or pebbly margins along a shore, especially those made wider at ebb tide: a private beach for bathers. Coast applies only to land along an ocean: the Pacific coast.

Definition for shore (2 of 4)

shore

2
[ shawr, shohr ]
/ ʃɔr, ʃoʊr /

noun

a supporting post or beam with auxiliary members, especially one placed obliquely against the side of a building, a ship in drydock, or the like; prop; strut.

verb (used with object), shored, shor·ing.

to support by or as if by a shore or shores; prop (usually followed by up): to shore up a roof; government subsidies to shore up falling corn prices.

Origin of shore

2
1300–50; (noun) Middle English; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schore prop; (v.) shoren, derivative of the noun

Definition for shore (3 of 4)

shore

3
[ shawr, shohr ]
/ ʃɔr, ʃoʊr /

verb (used with object), shored, shor·ing. Scot. and North England.

to threaten (someone).
to offer or proffer (something).

Origin of shore

3
1325–75; Middle English (Scots) schore < ?

Definition for shore (4 of 4)

Shore

[ shawr, shohr ]
/ ʃɔr, ʃoʊr /

noun

Jane,1445?–1527, mistress of Edward IV of England.
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British Dictionary definitions for shore (1 of 3)

shore

1
/ (ʃɔː) /

noun

the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or wide riverRelated adjective: littoral
  1. land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)
  2. (as modifier)shore duty
law the tract of coastland lying between the ordinary marks of high and low water
(often plural) a countryhis native shores

verb

(tr) to move or drag (a boat) onto a shore

Word Origin for shore

C14: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōre; compare Old High German scorra cliff; see shear

British Dictionary definitions for shore (2 of 3)

shore

2
/ (ʃɔː) /

noun

a prop, post, or beam used to support a wall, building, ship in dry dock, etc

verb

(tr often foll by up) to prop or make safe with or as if with a shore

Derived Forms

shoring, noun

Word Origin for shore

C15: from Middle Dutch schōre; related to Old Norse skortha prop

British Dictionary definitions for shore (3 of 3)

shore

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/ (ʃɔː) /

verb

Australian and NZ a past tense of shear
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