: on or to the shore

Examples of ashore in a Sentence

We docked our boat and went ashore to visit the island. the seashells that wash ashore after a storm
Recent Examples on the Web Last week, Orman Hines, who spent years participating in the first modern archaeological digs of the colony and helped found the nonprofit group to remember, gazed out at the shoreline where the Wabanaki canoes might have come ashore more than 400 years ago. Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 A day after Hurricane Otis roared ashore in Acapulco, unleashing massive floods and setting off looting, the resort city of nearly 1 million descended into chaos, leaving residents without electricity or internet service as the toll remained uncertain. Mark Stevenson and María Verza, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2023 In the morning, Snowman ran from window to window, exclaiming at the seals playing in the surf and the twenty-foot waves crashing ashore. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 The storm slammed ashore with sustained winds of 165 miles per hour; just a day earlier, Otis brought winds of 65 miles per hour. Derrick Bryson Taylor, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 Tammy came ashore Saturday night with 85 mph winds. CBS News, 22 Oct. 2023 Floreana Island, Galápagos, Ecuador Served from neighboring Santa Cruz Island by a boat every two weeks, most visitors arrive on Floreana via cruise ship, and most of them come ashore at Post Office Bay. Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Nov. 2023 To get a better sense of what's going on, the researchers behind this new paper revisited the deposits at a site called Tanis in North Dakota, where tsunami debris swept ashore in the immediate aftermath of the impact. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023 At the city’s once-elegant yacht club, hulking boats had been lifted from the ocean and tossed ashore, and six bodies wrapped in fabric had been lined up on a patch of grass. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ashore was circa 1536

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“Ashore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ashore. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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: on or to the shore

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