- Shore is the land closest to a body of water.
An example of a shore is a sandy beach.
shore definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
Origin: Middle English schore, akin to Middle Dutch Old Norse skortha, a prop, stay: for Indo-European base see shore
shore definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The land along the edge of an ocean, sea, lake, or river; a coast.
- Land; country. Often used in the plural: far from our native shores.
- Land as opposed to water: a sailor with an assignment on shore.
Origin: Middle English shore, from Old English scora; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb shored shored, shor·ing, shores
Origin: Middle English shoren, from shore, prop, probably from Middle Low German schōre, barrier, or Middle Dutch scōre, prop.