[shawr-lahyn, shohr-]


the line where shore and water meet.

Origin of shoreline

First recorded in 1850–55; shore1 + line1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoreline

Contemporary Examples of shoreline

Historical Examples of shoreline

  • He centered the shoreline of the bay and put on maximum magnification.

    A Matter of Importance

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Circling the shoreline at a distance of about a mile, a curtain of mist was visible.

    Sinister Paradise

    Robert Moore Williams

  • All day they rode, roughly following the shoreline to the northward.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus

    John Murray Reynolds

  • For a moment he surveyed the shoreline from his higher vantage point.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • He had a mental image of the watchers following the shoreline.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for shoreline



the edge of a body of water
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Word Origin and History for shoreline

also shore-line, 1852 in the geographical sense, from shore (n.) + line (n.).

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