Meaning of SHORE in English


Etymology: alteration (influenced by shorn ) of sheared

chiefly dialect

past of shear

II. ˈshō(ə)r, ˈshȯ(ə)r, -ōə, -ȯ(ə) noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English shor, shore, from (assumed) Old English scor, scora (attested only in place names); akin to Frisian skoarre shoal, alluvial land outside a dike, Middle Dutch schor, schore, schorre shoal, alluvial land, Middle Low German schōr foreland, foreshore, schār shore, Old High German scorra steep cliff, Old English sceran, scieran to cut — more at shear


a. : the land bordering a usually large body of water ; specifically : the land bordering the sea : coast

b. : foreshore 2

2. : a boundary or the country or place that it bounds

hold him accountable for difficulties beyond our shores that he could do nothing about — Dorothy Fosdick

3. : land as distinguished from the sea

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to set ashore : land

2. : to serve as a shore to : border

a sand river, half a mile wide, of golden-colored sand, shored by green trees — Ernest Hemingway

IV. ˈshäər, ˈshō(ə)r transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English schoren

1. chiefly Scotland : to scold with a warning of punishment : threaten

2. chiefly Scotland : offer

V. ˈshō(ə)r, ˈshȯ(ə)r, -ōə, -ȯ(ə) transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English shoren; akin to Frisian skoarje to support, brace up, Middle Dutch schooren, Old Norse skortha to support, brace up, Middle English shore, n. — more at shore VI

1. : to support by a shore : prop — often used with up

dug into hedgerows, which they shored up with timbers — Infantry Journal

2. : to give support to : brace

a tunnel which is electrically lit and shored with concrete — Ralph Hammond-Innes

— often used with up

shoring up farm prices — W.S.White

VI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English; akin to Frisian skoarre prop, stay, support, Middle Dutch schore, schoor, Middle Low German schōre, schāre, Old Norse skortha prop, stay, support, and probably to Old English sceran, scieran to cut — more at shear

: a prop (as a timber) placed against the side of a structure : a prop (as a beam) placed beneath something to prevent sinking or sagging

VII. ˈshäər, ˈshō(ə)r noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably alteration of sewer (III)

dialect chiefly Britain : an open sewer or drainage ditch

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