Definition of inshore in English:



  • 1At sea but close to the shore.

    ‘both mackerel and bluefish have returned to inshore waters by now’
    • ‘If you want to be independent, go to any promontory, headland or peninsula that has deep water close inshore and allows you to stand on a cliff a good height above water level.’
    • ‘The fishing grounds of La Gomera appear to be confined to the southern inshore waters due to wind acceleration zones, and it got mighty confused at times with some fifteen boats in a small area over the next few days.’
    • ‘Sea turtles are found in waters all over the world, offshore as well as inshore.’
    • ‘With deep waters close inshore, sperm whales can sometimes even be seen from the shoreline.’
    • ‘Officers of the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy sailed on Wewak in November to check coastal areas and inshore islands of remote Cape York and the Gulf of Carpentaria.’
    • ‘A slender-bodied fish, common in inshore waters, feeding on shrimps, molluscs and small fish.’
    • ‘It is clear, therefore, that there has to be a very clear plan for having aquaculture in our inshore waters that is of benefit to all farmers and to recreational users.’
    • ‘The East Australian current comes down that way and swings off the northern tip of Fraser, so the actual East Australian oceanic water is warmer than the colder inshore water.’
    • ‘The upper coastal surf is green to the beach and inshore water readings are in the upper 70s.’
    • ‘Pigeon Guillemots are found along rocky shores and inshore waters along the Pacific coast from Alaska to California.’
    • ‘The spiny lobster and sand lobster totalling about 2,600 tonnes are caught annually from the inshore waters by mechanised and non-mechanised units.’
    • ‘Hatching occurs after about a week and the larvae then drift close to the surface, moving into inshore waters where they spend the first year of their lives.’
    • ‘The vessel will eventually be used to patrol Scotland's inshore waters, monitoring landings of fish stocks.’
    • ‘Other hurricanes have struck there since but it seems that most of the reefs escaped any noticeable damage, though locals say that inshore reefs around Ambergris Cay did suffer.’
    • ‘British agents developed a one-man midget submarine specifically to target enemy shipping anchored in ports or inshore waters.’
    • ‘Britain and France resolved in early 1940 to mine Norwegian inshore waters and land troops at Narvik and other ports to strangle this flow of raw materials.’
    • ‘During winter, Red-throated Loons are fairly common on the inshore waters of the enclosed bays of Puget Sound.’
    • ‘Many species that have been all but fished out in our inshore waters in the past 20 years are abundant in Norwegian waters despite the country's highly efficient fishing industry.’
    • ‘Underwater arches, eel gardens, reef walls, sharks, octopi - everything a diver could want, especially deep water close inshore.’
    • ‘While the objectives of the German navy remained similar to those of World War One, the battle against Britain's mercantile lifeline was generally fought away from inshore waters.’
    inland, inshore, upcountry, non-coastal, inner, innermost, central
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    1. 1.1Used at sea but close to the shore.
      ‘an inshore lifeboat’
      • ‘Rather like some inshore lifeboats, the scheme will be set up as a charitable trust, funded by commercial sponsorship, public donations and fund-raising events.’
      • ‘Previous appeals have ranged from charity aid for overseas to buying fast inshore lifeboats around the UK coast that have saved numerous lives since they went into service.’
      • ‘Ms. Barry said their group believed there was a need for an extra inshore lifeboat at Boatstrand because it had become a busy area and its pier was small making it difficult for a vehicle with a rescue boat to manoeuvre.’
      • ‘The bravery of a helmsman and crew of Cardigan's B class inshore lifeboat in saving the lives of four men have been recognised by the RNLI.’
      • ‘The organisation made the decision when threatened by a group who were attempting to provide an additional inshore lifeboat in nearby Dunabrattin.’
      • ‘The establishment of a community inshore lifeboat would be a reassuring safety feature for the thousands of visitors.’
      • ‘The inshore lifeboat, which is designed to respond rapidly and work in very shallow and confined waters, was first introduced by the RNLI in the 1970s.’
      • ‘The event, which was organised by the local community, is part of their ongoing campaign to raise funds for an inshore lifeboat for the area.’
      • ‘Bridlington coastguard, the resort's inshore lifeboat and a helicopter from RAF Leconfield carried out a search yesterday morning.’
      • ‘The first inshore lifeboat of its kind in Ireland has been launched at Newcastle Lifeboat station.’
      • ‘I was in Kilkee on the Clare coast for the launch of their new inshore lifeboat for the marine rescue service there.’
      • ‘Bridlington inshore lifeboat had saved 17 lives the previous summer.’
      • ‘An inshore lifeboat capsized during a rescue attempt and three crew members later required hospital treatment.’
      • ‘The inshore lifeboat manoeuvred close inshore to pick up three of the youngsters while the fourth, who had scrambled further up the cliff, was rescued by the Coastguard team by cliff line.’
      • ‘The port's inshore and all-weather lifeboats were scrambled after one of the canoeists, who were in three boats, called for help on a mobile phone soon after leaving Whitby harbour.’
      • ‘Clodagh was one of the 3,000 people who bought a €10 ticket in order to support a mammoth fundraising drive for a new state-of-the-art inshore lifeboat.’
      • ‘Both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched from Fenit.’
      • ‘The offshore lifeboat, RFA Sir Galahad, responded to 20 shouts this year while the inshore lifeboat dealt with 70.’
      • ‘An inshore lifeboat will be temporarily stationed at the museum throughout the year-long construction period.’
      • ‘A police helicopter with an infra-red camera, the coastguard team from Canvey, Gravesend RNLI and two inshore lifeboats spent two and a half hours searching for the man after they were alerted on Friday night.’


  • Toward or closer to the shore.

    ‘birds heading inshore to their breeding sites’
    • ‘An example is limiting harvesting to the spring, when lobsters are still relatively widely dispersed before migrating inshore to warmer shallow waters, where they are much easier to catch.’
    • ‘Otter trawlers encountered many juveniles inshore off the south shore of Long Island in the winter of 1987-1988.’
    • ‘A Thai coastal patrol boat caught broadside on by the waves had been tumbled over and over and finished hundreds of yards inshore.’
    • ‘It is very often caught by shore anglers during the winter months and early spring when the fish move inshore to spawn.’
    • ‘Ocean sunfish are most commonly observed several miles offshore, but on occasion may be seen closer inshore around oilrigs and drifting kelp paddies.’
    • ‘They paddled inshore in a coracle of skins which, for the most part, lay upturned on the deck like the hollow carcass of some giant turtle.’
    • ‘The reason is the same - the cold Benguela Current, from the southwest, which sweeps shoals inshore and boats onto sandbanks.’
    • ‘In fact, the very biggest dabs are often found inshore during periods when sprat shoals are tight to shore during flat calm seas in the middle of high-pressure weather systems.’
    • ‘Hundreds of men who found work on mackerel boats after they lost their trawler jobs were deemed ineligible, because they were said to be not as badly affected as those who abandoned the sea and found work inshore.’
    • ‘Since it was believed that air power and convoys forced submarines to operate inshore and submerged, anti-submarine (A/S) escort extended initially only to 12° West.’
    • ‘The dive is good at any state of the tide, but be cautious of the stronger north-east/south-west currents on the seaward side of the reef during periods of spring tides - either stay inshore or time your dive for slack water.’
    • ‘Later that day the new duty crew were scrambled to attempt to put a team of salvage experts on board the Kodima, which by now was being driven inshore towards Whitsand Bay, which was liberally scattered with planks of wood from the cargo.’
    • ‘Penguins can be divided into two broad groups: those that feed inshore and those that feed offshore.’
    • ‘Giant shovelnose rays lay their eggs inshore around atolls, mangrove swamps and estuaries.’
    • ‘A large grey boulder lies on the beach directly inshore from the Chadwick.’
    • ‘Finning inshore in a westerly direction, the second boiler came into view.’
    • ‘Steve up-anchored and obliged, taking us closer inshore to drop anchor on top of a wreck where the lads caught pouting three at a time.’
    • ‘In addition, says the Club, nets laid inshore among the Western Isles would, if lost, almost certainly fail to reach the open sea, becoming caught instead within the islands on other reefs, wrecks or rocky shores.’
    • ‘Bass move inshore to spawn during March through to June.’
    • ‘As he knows, on Niue there was a hurricane where the ocean surged 35 metres upwards and smashed the hospital - which was about 200 metres inshore - to pieces off the cliff face.’