Main definitions of shore in English

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noun

  • 1The land along the edge of a sea, lake, or other large body of water.

    ‘I made for the shore’
    • ‘The species apparently grew along shores of lakes and fresh-water lagoons.’
    • ‘The first fossils from this area were found in 1819 in limestone along the lake's shore, and new species continue to be found there.’
    • ‘These figures for the most part do not include freshwater wetlands along the shores of lakes, banks of rivers, in estuaries and along the marine coasts.’
    • ‘But community councillors representing the string of villages along the shores of Loch Ness have already submitted objections.’
    • ‘The salmon can be raised economically only in pens along the ocean shore or in estuaries.’
    • ‘This annual grass grows in shallow water in slow streams and rivers and even along the shores of certain lakes.’
    • ‘But he certainly helped to accelerate the rate of economic and social change in the cities and towns along the shore of Lake Michigan.’
    • ‘Along the shores of the lake, tall trees rise to the sky.’
    • ‘Fewer and fewer locals and tourists picnic along the lake's shores following the disappearance of tourist resorts and recreation spots due to increasing population.’
    • ‘She could hear the soft lapping of the lake water on its shores, and the rustle of the breeze through the leaves of the trees.’
    • ‘With heavy settlements along the shores of the Vembanad Lake, the tsunami would have had a smothering effect on the city.’
    • ‘Geological analyses indicate that ancient Herto residents lived along the shores of a shallow lake inhabited by hippos, crocodiles, and catfish.’
    • ‘This would mark the start of our trek along the shore of Loch Ness.’
    • ‘It also revived a business coalition formed years earlier to promote the waterway for the benefit of communities along its shores.’
    • ‘But the settlers had come to like living along the shores of Tor Bay, and they politely declined.’
    • ‘Native Americans, who originally lived along the shores of the lake, considered it their spiritual home, their Garden of Eden.’
    • ‘All the events are in a continuous space, stretching along the lake shore and including the youth camp.’
    • ‘Some cabins and resorts are scattered along the lake shores.’
    • ‘Well, it's overcast and windy along the shores of Lake Michigan and Eastern Wisconsin.’
    • ‘Eight holes are along the shores of Lake Michigan and strong winds could be a major factor in the event.’
    seashore, seaside, beach, coast, coastal region, seaboard, sea coast, bank, lakeside, verge, edge, shoreline, waterside, front, shoreside, foreshore, sand, sands
    littoral
    strand
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    1. 1.1Law
      The land between ordinary high- and low-water marks.
    2. 1.2A country or other geographic area bounded by a coast.
      ‘record companies have been anxious to import the music to American shores’
      • ‘The bombs, we assure ourselves, will not reach our shores.’
      • ‘‘It does migrate northwards into Europe and occasionally reaches our shores,’ he said.’
      • ‘When the first humans reached our shores, America was the greatest unexplored frontier on earth.’
      • ‘Each of the huge rafters had been carved from a single tree, and old tombstones told tales of deaths on distant shores as, indeed, they did in Kochi's St. Francis Church.’
      • ‘Now, maybe it is time to bring them back to our own shores to remind us again what makes this country great.’
      • ‘The invasions of Germanic peoples brought strong traditions of customary law to these shores.’
      • ‘Some even claim that the game will never reach our shores.’
      • ‘Many still think it is an African disease that is too distant from their shores.’
      • ‘It could be that they were bound to the distant shores of Africa or Brazil.’
      • ‘We have always been concerned with the welfare of those Indian workers who travel to distant shores in search of higher remuneration.’
      • ‘Plant hunters were bringing exotic new species from distant shores and their finds prompted extreme security measures such as man-traps.’
      • ‘At the same time, we are experiencing vulnerability on our own shores and grief for the innocent lives that will be lost on distant shores.’
      • ‘At 26, Wilder arrived on American shores with just $11 in his pocket, and from that moment on, he lived his life in English.’
      • ‘With some historical detective work, they manage to reconstruct a genealogy, tracing their line back to early colonists or distant shores.’
      • ‘Still others reformed entire countries, making way for U.S. products on distant shores.’
      • ‘She runs a course called Recovery, developed in the USA in 1976 by Dr Bruce Fisher but only now reaching our shores.’
      • ‘The officials told him that they had nothing to do with the cigarettes once they reached Colombian shores.’
      • ‘Immigrants from more distant shores than those of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have made them their own.’
      • ‘Heaven help the pharmacists if the debate getting under way in the US about mail-order prescription medicines ever reaches our shores.’
      • ‘This month, The Producers, one of Broadway's biggest-ever successes, finally reaches our shores.’

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schōre; perhaps related to the verb shear.

Pronunciation:

shore

/ʃɔː/

Main definitions of shore in English

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shore2

noun

  • A prop or beam set obliquely against something weak or unstable as a support.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Support or hold up something with props or beams.

    ‘rescue workers had to shore up the building, which was in danger of collapse’
    • ‘On one side, where it threatened to fall over into the garden, it was shored up with baulks of timber, driftwood picked up on the strand.’
    • ‘They were able to gain access a second time only after additional work to shore up the badly damaged structure.’
    • ‘Chances are that while you are there a carpenter or glazier will be at work shoring up as window or correcting a lean.’
    • ‘The first phase of restoration, which was completed two years ago, shored up the brick masonry on the northeast corner.’
    • ‘Flooding is an annual curse for the Chinese people, but there is a desperation surrounding attempts to shore up the crumbling banks of Dongting Lake.’
    • ‘There was a host of tasks, from shoring up the fire escape to re-wiring to new windows.’
    • ‘Chalk has never been used to shore up a monument in this way before.’
    • ‘The money could be spent on shoring up doors and windows as well as measures to protect interiors and wiring.’
    • ‘Mr. Ye not only shored up the building's structure, but also had students and teachers prepare for a disaster.’
    • ‘Centuries ago in China, workers buried adobe blocks to shore up buildings.’
    prop up, hold up, bolster up, support, brace, buttress, strengthen, fortify, reinforce, underpin, truss, stay
    underprop
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    1. 1.1Support or assist something that would otherwise fail or decline.
      ‘Congress approved a $700 billion plan to shore up the financial industry’
      • ‘Now both seem likely to return to the transfer market to shore up their resources in the position.’
      • ‘The government wants all workers to take out a second, private, pension to shore up the declining state pension.’
      • ‘An awful lot of your money being used to shore up Bank of America.’
      • ‘The English have made a host of changes, primarily to shore up their defence.’
      • ‘Cardoso appeals to the spirit of the nation's soccer fans to shore up the confidence of the country.’
      • ‘Justified or not, the call for reparations seems to me to be based around shoring up racial tensions rather than diffusing them.’
      • ‘This morning he arrived in Turkey to shore up White House relations with a key U. S. ally.’
      • ‘Bank profits are being channelled into shoring up their balance sheets, rather than new investments.’
      • ‘He expects Chirac will launch a fierce attack on Britain to shore up his domestic support.’
      • ‘Widespread opposition to a proposed Afghan law is less about liberating women than shoring up Western authority.’

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schore prop, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

shore

/ʃɔː/

Main definitions of shore in English

: shore1shore2shore3

shore3

Pronunciation:

shore

/ʃɔː/