- land at or near the edge of a body of water, esp. along an ocean, large lake, etc.
- land as opposed to water
- Law seashore
Origin of shoreMiddle English schore from Old English an unverified form score (akin to Middle Low German schore) from or akin to scorian, to jut out from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source harvest
a prop, as a beam, placed under or against something as a support or stabilizer; specif., any of the timbers used to support a boat or ship that is out of water
Origin of shoreMiddle English schore, akin to MDu, Old Norse skortha, a prop, stay: for Indo-European base see shore
transitive verbshored, shor′ing
to support or make stable with or as if with a shore or shores; prop: usually with up
Dial., Archaic shear
- The land along the edge of an ocean, sea, lake, or river; a coast.
- often shores Land; country: far from our native shores.
- Land as opposed to water: a sailor with an assignment on shore.
Origin of shoreMiddle English shore from Old English scora ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbshored, shor·ing, shores
To support by or as if by a prop: shored up the sagging floors; shored up the peace initiative.
A beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support.
Origin of shoreMiddle English shoren from shore prop probably from Middle Low German schōre barrier or Middle Dutch scōre prop
A past tense of shear