in·​shore | \ ˈin-ˈshȯr How to pronounce inshore (audio) \

Definition of inshore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated, living, or carried on near shore
2 : moving toward shore an inshore current



Definition of inshore (Entry 2 of 2)

: to or toward shore boats driven inshore by the storm

Synonyms for inshore

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of inshore in a Sentence

Adjective They fish in the shallow inshore waters of the Atlantic. an oil spill that was devastating to inshore fisheries in the area
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lots of fishermen will be heading to inshore waters, where the crappie fishing has been outstanding at Berlin and West Branch reservoirs. cleveland, 5 May 2022 Visible through a tangle of sea-grape trees, swells gently foamed over the inshore reefs. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Darcie Arahill is a full-time female angler who has videos for inshore and offshore fishing. Emmett Hall,, 23 Sep. 2021 New divers can move at their own pace at this inshore site, literally walking from the beach into the water during their first open water dives. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 The inshore fishing is mainly the die-hard tog fishermen, searching for a blackfish. Dan Radel, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 There were nine offshore and inshore boats, and men were welcome to participate. Emmett Hall,, 9 Sep. 2021 The fact that the 2022 run will be on the heels of an inshore run of approximately 66.1 million sockeye — the all-time record — which provides researchers more to go on as well, according to Schindler. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Dec. 2021 From the coast, the inshore water continues to clear, though mid-week rains may bring more mud down the coastal rivers soon. Frank Sargeant, al, 29 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Betsy and Andrew, who both grew up summering inshore nearby, shared an appreciation for Maine’s hardscrabble mid-coast working class, the same weatherworn fishermen and farm folk Andrew nearly obsessively depicted. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 An example might be a seal that feeds inshore rather than venturing to richer feeding grounds offshore if the swim requires passing a gauntlet of predators. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Some states, including California in 1994 and Massachusetts in 2005, extended protections inshore. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Kings and Spanish are moving back inshore as the water clears and becomes more salty again after earlier storms—both will be around until the baitfish leave, sometime after mid-October. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Oct. 2021 There are different theories as to why whales strand themselves, from chasing prey too far inshore to trying to protect a sick member of the group or escaping a predator. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 The first is inshore fishing—bays, rivers, sounds, and harbors. The Editors, Field & Stream, 6 Mar. 2020 This action will improve steadily into October as spawners move inshore; Frank Sargeant, al, 23 Aug. 2019 There are several different fishing charters that will take you inshore, offshore, saltwater, or fly fishing--including The Reel Deal Charters and Charleston Fishing Company. Julia Sayers,, 21 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of inshore


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1748, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“Inshore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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