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Dictionary Definition



1 the land along the edge of a body of water
2 a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support [syn: shoring]


1 serve as a shore to; "The river was shored by trees"
2 arrive on shore; "The ship landed in Pearl Harbor" [syn: land, set ashore]
3 support by placing against something solid or rigid; "shore and buttress an old building" [syn: prop up, prop, shore up]

User Contributed Dictionary




  • sure (in some dialects)


  1. the land on or near a waterline such as a sea shore or lake shore
  2. the land
    The seamen were serving on shore instead of in ships.
  3. a prop or strut supporting the weight or flooring above it
    The shores stayed upright during the earthquake.


the land on or near a waterline


  1. To provide support in some way
    My family shored me up after I failed the GED.
    The workers were shoring up the dock after it fell into the water.


  1. simple past of shear

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Extensive Definition

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.
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. Although a beach is a synonym for a shore, the term typically refers to shores which are sandy or pebbly, which can be produced by erosion of sedimentary soils.
A strict definition is the strip of land along a water body that is alternately exposed and covered by waves and tides. Shores may also include a strip of land by a body of water, such as a lake.

See also

shore in German: Ufer
shore in Spanish: Orilla
shore in Esperanto: Bordo
shore in French: Rivage
shore in Dutch: Oever
shore in Polish: Linia brzegowa
shore in Portuguese: Costa (geografia)
shore in Romanian: Mal
shore in Russian: Берег
shore in Simple English: Shore
shore in Yiddish: ברעג ים

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