Definition of onshore in US English:


adjective & adverb

  • 1Situated or occurring on land.

    as adjective ‘an onshore oil field’
    • ‘The Maui field has about three and a half times the estimated potential of the new field, but this is significant and eclipses Kapuni, the onshore field in South Taranaki.’
    • ‘Mr. Ambani also announced that the company has struck oil in an onshore block in Yemen.’
    • ‘The only service industries to remain onshore will be those where the servicer has to be physically close to the consumer.’
    • ‘In just over a week, Scotland's Klondike king will announce interims for a year that has included no fewer than four oil strikes onshore in Rajasthan in India.’
    • ‘Relative sea-level graphs based on onshore data in the Cumbria area do not show such a substantial relative fall, but roughly agree on the timing.’
    • ‘Service contracts have been awarded for eight marginal onshore oil fields, with development beginning in 2004-05.’
    • ‘The Brunei economy was revolutionized by the discovery of substantial onshore oil deposits in 1929 and offshore oil and gas fields in the early 1960s.’
    • ‘Further, offshore operations require onshore facilities to process the oil and gas and to house workers.’
    • ‘The famous old onshore oil fields around Baku, which in the early twentieth century produced half of the entire world oil production, are now exhausted, and new deposits have not been found.’
    • ‘Many of the owners and leaders of the local onshore industries are working hard on behalf of this once thriving town to come up with ideas and get assistance to insure that the community survives.’
    • ‘This effectively denies Ireland's western seaboard the huge economic benefits that onshore facilities for an oil industry would bring.’
    • ‘The mallu guy of course is almost always in the gulf working alone on some onshore oil rig in the desert.’
    • ‘Indeed onshore gas processing is the norm for developing gas fields of this type.’
    • ‘It helps that most Russian oil is onshore and that surveys have revealed where much of that oil is, so it's relatively easy to get at.’
    • ‘A similar blowout event also occurred in the onshore Seria Field in 1953.’
    • ‘There is also a need to encourage much more gas and oil exploration in our potential offshore and onshore fields.’
    • ‘As development expands from onshore to offshore sites, potential for oil spills and disturbance in the marine environment will increase.’
    • ‘The second generation of the company came in the late 80s when Bissett sought to increase shareholder value by looking at exploration opportunities in onshore oil and gas.’
    1. 1.1 (especially of the direction of the wind) from the sea toward the land.
      • ‘Plans for England's largest onshore wind farm, near Bradwell and Tillingham, could be abandoned after two more landowners pulled out.’
      • ‘Anytime there is strong onshore wind or swell, an otherwise safe inlet could be dangerous.’
      • ‘As we spoke, reporting stations in Galveston showed a steady onshore wind at nearly 20 mph, with slight gusts.’
      • ‘But they insist that onshore wind farms still matter.’
      • ‘Making an about-face at the command of onshore winds, the firestorm then returned toward its point of origin in the mountains.’
      • ‘Early morning is usually calm, but as heat rises off the land during the day, it invokes an onshore wind and choppy water.’
      • ‘Fulfilling the entire potential for onshore wind would mean erecting at least 4000 turbines over 2% of Scotland.’
      • ‘The afternoon thunderstorm has arrived, generated by strong onshore breezes at the end of a day of harsh tropical sunshine.’
      • ‘The event will include a technology study tour to Kingsmountain Wind Farm - the site of the Republic's largest onshore wind farm.’
      • ‘Currents also change from offshore to onshore, and combined with strong winds blowing onshore, anything that floats has a tendency to head this way.’
      • ‘Mixed in among the terraces, levees, and ponds are long, narrow dunes formed by onshore winds funneled upriver.’
      • ‘As luck would have it the winds had been howling onshore for almost a solid week.’
      • ‘A protest group drew first blood in the fight to win people's opinions when an energy company showed its onshore wind farm proposals for Bradwell.’
      • ‘On the fifth day onshore winds returned, followed by gales, and my diving season was over - but not before I had made a good record of a rare and unexpected meeting.’
      • ‘Tuesday the 17th is one mediocre day, without waves and with onshore wind, however in the after noon sets become visible underneath the slop.’
      • ‘The ideal scenario is a light breeze that blows straight onshore.’
      • ‘One day last weekend, howling onshore winds had turned the Peninsula waves to junk, so I called a friend across the bay to see what Santa Cruz had to offer.’
      • ‘Avoid bodies of water with persistent onshore wind, which concentrates the larvae in shallower areas.’
      • ‘Some onshore wind power is now price-competitive with fossil fuels, though investors still worry about the newness of the technology.’
      • ‘Strong onshore winds can produce sightings of sea-birds during cold weather including petrels and sea-ducks.’


[with object]
  • (of a company) transfer (a business operation that was moved overseas) back to the country from which it was originally relocated.

    ‘the case study showed improvement in many key areas once the company decided to onshore its call center activity’
    • ‘She said that the retail giant has 150 deals in the works with suppliers looking to onshore some or all of their production over the next few years.’
    • ‘The measures could prompt companies to change their structures and move jobs out of tax havens: It may mean that a lot of activities are onshored again.’
    • ‘The company will be onshoring parts of the assembly process for its PCs throughout the south, the blog said.’
    • ‘If the company onshored some jobs, they would apply the same innovation to the manufacturing process.’
    • ‘As more of the manufacturing gets onshored, the share of machinery imports has been gradually declining.’
    • ‘We've been onshoring customer service for 40 years, knowing that a local, dedicated staff in the countries we work in is key to our clients' success.’
    • ‘If they onshored their tablet production, it would create thousands of US manufacturing jobs.’
    • ‘Whether highly skilled service tasks are offshored or onshored in a specific country, with concomitant pressures on incomes, will depend on that country's comparative advantage.’