What does shore mean?

Definitions for shore
ʃɔr, ʃoʊrshore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shorenoun

    the land along the edge of a body of water

  2. shore, shoringverb

    a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support

  3. shoreverb

    serve as a shore to

    "The river was shored by trees"

  4. land, set ashore, shoreverb

    arrive on shore

    "The ship landed in Pearl Harbor"

  5. prop up, prop, shore up, shoreverb

    support by placing against something solid or rigid

    "shore and buttress an old building"


  1. shorenoun

    the land on or near a waterline such as a sea shore or lake shore

  2. shorenoun

    the land

    The seamen were serving on shore instead of in ships.

  3. shorenoun

    a prop or strut supporting the weight or flooring above it

    The shores stayed upright during the earthquake.

  4. shoreverb

    To provide support in some way

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shorenoun

    Etymology: score , Saxon.

    Sea cover’d sea;
    Sea without shore. John Milton.

    Beside the fruitful shore of muddy Nile,
    Upon a sunny bank outstretched lay,
    In monstrous length a mighty crocodile. Edmund Spenser.

    When I use the word shore, I may intend thereby a coast of land near the sea, or a drain to carry off water, or a prop to support a building. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. Shorethe preterit of shear.

    I’m glad thy father’s dead:
    Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief
    Shore his old thread in twain. William Shakespeare.

  3. To Shoreverb

    Etymology: schooren, Dutch.

    They undermined the wall, and as they wrought, shored it up with timber. Richard Knolles.

    He did not much strengthen his own subsistence in court, but stood there on his own feet, for the most of his allies rather leaned upon him than shored him up. Henry Wotton.

    There was also made a shoring or under-propping act for the benevolence; to make the sums which any person had agreed to pay, leviable by course of law. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    I will bring these two blind ones aboard him; if he think it fit to shore them again let him call me rogue. William Shakespeare.


  1. shore

    Shore is the land along the edge of a large body of water such as a sea, ocean, lake, or river. It marks the boundary between the land and the body of water, and can take various forms including beaches, cliffs, or marshes. The shore is often subject to environmental factors like waves, tide changes, and erosion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shore

    of Shear

  2. Shore

    imp. of Shear

  3. Shorenoun

    a sewer

  4. Shorenoun

    a prop, as a timber, placed as a brace or support against the side of a building or other structure; a prop placed beneath anything, as a beam, to prevent it from sinking or sagging

  5. Shoreverb

    to support by a shore or shores; to prop; -- usually with up; as, to shore up a building

  6. Shoreverb

    the coast or land adjacent to a large body of water, as an ocean, lake, or large river

  7. Shoreverb

    to set on shore

  8. Etymology: [OE. schoren. See Shore a prop.]


  1. Shore

    A shore or shoreline is the fringe of land at the edge of a large body of water, such as an ocean, sea, or lake. In physical oceanography, a shore is the wider fringe that is geologically modified by the action of the body of water past and present, while the beach is at the edge of the shore, representing the intertidal zone where there is one. In contrast to a coast, a shore can border any body of water, while the coast must border an ocean; that is, a coast is a type of shore. The word shore is often substituted for coast where an oceanic shore is meant. Shores are influenced by the topography of the surrounding landscape, as well as by water induced erosion, such as waves. The geological composition of rock and soil dictates the type of shore which is created.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shore

    shōr, pa.t. of shear.

  2. Shore

    shōr, n. the coast or land adjacent to the sea, to a river, or lake.—v.t. (Shak.) to set on shore.—ns. Shor′age, duty on goods when brought on shore from a ship; Shore′-anch′or, the anchor lying towards the shore; Shore′-cliff, a cliff at the water's edge; Shore′-land, land bordering on a shore.—adj. Shore′less, having no coast: indefinite or unlimited.—n. Shores′man, a fisherman along shore: a sole or part owner of a vessel: a longshoreman.—adv. Shore′ward, towards the shore.—n. Shore′-whāl′ing, the pursuit of the whale near the shore. [A.S. scoresceran, to shear.]

  3. Shore

    shōr, n. a prop or support for the side of a building, or to keep a vessel in dock steady on the slips.—v.t. to prop (often with up).—ns. Shōr′er; Shōr′ing, the act of supporting with props: a set of props. [Skeat refers to Ice. skortha, a prop, esp. under a boat—skor-inn, pa.p. of skera, to shear.]

  4. Shore

    shōr, v.t. (Scot.) to warn, threaten: to offer. [Perh. a form of score, or another form of sure, equivalent to assure.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shore

    A prop fixed under a ship's sides or bottom, to support her when laid aground or on the stocks. Shores are also termed legs when used by a cutter or yacht, to keep the vessel upright when the water leaves her. (See LEGS.) Also, the general name for the littoral of any country against which the waves impinge, while the word coast is applied to that part of the land which only lies contiguous to the sea.--Bold shore. A coast which is steep-to, permitting the near approach of shipping without danger; it is used in contradistinction to a shelving-shore.

  2. shore

    See SHORE.

Editors Contribution

  1. shore

    Land along a body of water.

    The shore is so beautiful at any time of the year.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHORE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shore is ranked #3523 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shore surname appeared 10,130 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Shore.

    93.2% or 9,448 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 198 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 186 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 137 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 81 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 80 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shore' in Nouns Frequency: #1837

Anagrams for shore »

  1. shero

  2. shoer

  3. hoers

  4. horse

  5. HORSE

  6. hoser

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shore in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of shore in a Sentence

  1. Brenda Kelly:

    The time was ripe for management to address the problems and any measures that might shore up some confidence in what was beginning to look like a penny stock are clearly welcome, dividend cuts, asset selling and a new debt reduction plan appear to be doing the trick.

  2. Sean McAlinden:

    Mexican workers are cheaper than Chinese, so why not go near-shore rather than far-shore?

  3. Matthew Arnold:

    Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.

  4. Facebook Wednesday:

    The storm generates a wave that moves towards the shore, and is amplified by a shallow continental shelf and inlet, bay, or other coastal feature.

  5. Edgar Albert Guest:

    Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore at the rim of a far flung sky.

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