shoring

[ shawr-ing, shohr- ]
/ ˈʃɔr ɪŋ, ˈʃoʊr- /

noun

a number or system of shores for steadying or supporting a wall, a ship in drydock, etc.
the act of setting up shores.

Origin of shoring

First recorded in 1490–1500; shore2 + -ing1

Definition for shoring (2 of 3)

shore2
[ 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

SYNONYMS FOR shore

Definition for shoring (3 of 3)

shore3
[ 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 < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for shoring (1 of 3)

shore1
/ (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 shoring (2 of 3)

shore2
/ (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 of shore

shoring, noun

Word Origin for shore

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

British Dictionary definitions for shoring (3 of 3)

shore3
/ (ʃɔː) /

verb

Australian and NZ a past tense of shear
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