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

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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 New rules designed to keep endangered and threatened sea turtles from drowning in some inshore shrimp nets are being postponed, and federal regulators are considering whether to expand the rules, officials said Tuesday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2021 The fisheries service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in late 2019 scaled back plans to make inshore shrimpers put turtle escape hatches into their nets. The Associated Press,, 12 Jan. 2021 And rather than affecting all three kinds of inshore shrimp nets, the devices will be required only in the most common ones, called skimmer nets. The Associated Press,, 12 Jan. 2021 The Gulf Stream brings in larger creatures that swim inshore and frequent reefs to hunt. John Christopher Fine,, 31 Dec. 2020 And then there are the roosters, vicious inshore predators that grow to 100 pounds and chase prey right into the surf. Nate Matthews, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2020 The deal involves offshore fishing, not the inshore lobstering that has been in dispute. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Dec. 2020 But its inshore waters are known to have much marine life. The Economist, 24 Oct. 2020 Charter a boat to explore the inshore and offshore options, go crabbing in the May River, fly-fishing on Lake Bales in Moreland Village, or hunt for bream and bass from a kayak. Jessica Dailey, Town & Country, 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Driftwood that escapes inshore tidal currents can get caught in the North Pacific Gyre, which pulls it far to the west. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, 9 Feb. 2018 The warm water in late spring allowed lobsters to move inshore earlier in the year than usual, which led to early landings, and an unexpected and significant price drop. Smithsonian, 2 June 2018 Locations: Most are planning to get out at dawn, before the winds peak, and stay inshore, where the winds are lighter. Tom Stienstra,, 10 June 2018 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

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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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The first known use of inshore was in 1701

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“Inshore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inshore

: moving toward the shore away from the water
: located near the shore

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