Definition of onshore in US English:


adjective & adverb

  • 1Situated or occurring on land.

    as adjective ‘an onshore oil field’
    • ‘Further, offshore operations require onshore facilities to process the oil and gas and to house workers.’
    • ‘As development expands from onshore to offshore sites, potential for oil spills and disturbance in the marine environment will increase.’
    • ‘Indeed onshore gas processing is the norm for developing gas fields of this type.’
    • ‘Service contracts have been awarded for eight marginal onshore oil fields, with development beginning in 2004-05.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This effectively denies Ireland's western seaboard the huge economic benefits that onshore facilities for an oil industry would bring.’
    • ‘The only service industries to remain onshore will be those where the servicer has to be physically close to the consumer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mallu guy of course is almost always in the gulf working alone on some onshore oil rig in the desert.’
    • ‘A similar blowout event also occurred in the onshore Seria Field in 1953.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr. Ambani also announced that the company has struck oil in an onshore block in Yemen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also a need to encourage much more gas and oil exploration in our potential offshore and onshore fields.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘As we spoke, reporting stations in Galveston showed a steady onshore wind at nearly 20 mph, with slight gusts.’
      • ‘The ideal scenario is a light breeze that blows straight onshore.’
      • ‘Avoid bodies of water with persistent onshore wind, which concentrates the larvae in shallower areas.’
      • ‘Making an about-face at the command of onshore winds, the firestorm then returned toward its point of origin in the mountains.’
      • ‘Strong onshore winds can produce sightings of sea-birds during cold weather including petrels and sea-ducks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mixed in among the terraces, levees, and ponds are long, narrow dunes formed by onshore winds funneled upriver.’
      • ‘Anytime there is strong onshore wind or swell, an otherwise safe inlet could be dangerous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Early morning is usually calm, but as heat rises off the land during the day, it invokes an onshore wind and choppy water.’
      • ‘The afternoon thunderstorm has arrived, generated by strong onshore breezes at the end of a day of harsh tropical sunshine.’
      • ‘Fulfilling the entire potential for onshore wind would mean erecting at least 4000 turbines over 2% of Scotland.’
      • ‘Tuesday the 17th is one mediocre day, without waves and with onshore wind, however in the after noon sets become visible underneath the slop.’
      • ‘As luck would have it the winds had been howling onshore for almost a solid week.’
      • ‘Some onshore wind power is now price-competitive with fossil fuels, though investors still worry about the newness of the technology.’
      • ‘But they insist that onshore wind farms still matter.’
      • ‘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.’


[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’
    • ‘The company will be onshoring parts of the assembly process for its PCs throughout the south, the blog said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the company onshored some jobs, they would apply the same innovation to the manufacturing process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If they onshored their tablet production, it would create thousands of US manufacturing jobs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As more of the manufacturing gets onshored, the share of machinery imports has been gradually declining.’