Definition of longshore in US English:



  • Existing on, frequenting, or moving along the seashore.

    ‘longshore currents’
    • ‘I told Mara we would be bringing you aboard on another longshore boat.’
    • ‘A primary influence on the formation and evolution of a beach is something called a longshore current.’
    • ‘This process is called longshore drift and is generated by wave and current action.’
    • ‘This process is repeated and pebbles gradually shift along the beach, a process called longshore drift.’
    • ‘A recent declaration from the union's negotiating committee urges longshore workers to expedite military cargo through the ports.’
    • ‘Although prior to the lockout Westshore had an estimated 1 million ton stockpile of coal available to load, unionized longshore workers refused to cross the railway pickets and those who were working walked out.’
    • ‘For example, if the waves approach the shoreline from the south, longshore current moves from south to north.’
    • ‘Gray said that at one stage the longshore current off the bay appeared to have reversed.’
    • ‘On the southern margin of the basin, longshore currents driven by southeasterly winds hydrodynamically accumulated carbonate particles to form a spit-platform, on top of which some shoals developed.’
    • ‘Thomas accused the PMA of engaging in a massive speedup and compromising safety, citing the deaths of five longshore workers in accidents this year.’
    • ‘Peruvian longshore workers carried out a surprise strike on April 1 at the port of El Callao, Peru's main port.’
    • ‘The purpose of these walls is to slow down the longshore currents that carry sand, but the sand then builds up on the up-current side while depriving the coastline on the down-current side.’
    • ‘Find animations and images showing a variety of depositional landforms resulting from longshore drift.’
    • ‘The speedup on the docks was so intense that the accident rate shot up, costing the lives of five longshore workers in 2002.’
    • ‘Marine deposits are formed along seashores by sea water flowing in longshore currents.’
    • ‘Imagine machinists, teachers, and even baseball players marching together to the docks to support the longshore workers!’
    • ‘Among the demonstrators were students from colleges and high schools, many of whom had never protested before, as well as school bus drivers, nurses, health workers and longshore workers.’


Early 19th century: from along shore.