nearshore

adjective

near·​shore ˈnir-ˈshȯr How to pronounce nearshore (audio)
ˈnir-ˌshȯr
: extending outward an indefinite but usually short distance from shore
nearshore sediments

Examples of nearshore in a Sentence

red tide had a particularly devastating effect on nearshore shellfisheries
Recent Examples on the Web Divers typically harvest conch by hand, preferably in nearshore waters from a small boat and without gear any more sophisticated than a mask, snorkel and flippers. Patrick Whittle, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 Another panel discussed the recent proposal by the Army Corps of Engineers to build a monolithic seawall that cuts through both Biscayne Bay and nearshore neighborhoods to protect Miami from an eventual massive hurricane. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2023 That’s a substantial range encompassing everyone from freelancers to high-level developers, specialized enterprise consultancies and includes both nearshore and offshore developers. Jiang Li, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 Curious, Downs, who is the executive director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, flew down with a team of researchers to investigate the nearshore habitat. Kari Molvar, Vogue, 14 Aug. 2018 In Maui alone, 55 gallons a day pour into nearshore waters, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, 7 July 2018 Although not typically viewed in the same vein as wolves, tigers and leopards, sea otters are an apex predator of the nearshore marine ecosystem—the narrow band between terrestrial and oceanic habitat. Smithsonian, 21 Apr. 2017 Remember, however, the nearshore fishery Sunday is only inside the 40-fathom line between Cape Falcon (Manzanita) and Humbug Mountain (Port Orford). Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, 29 Aug. 2017 Louisiana's share of money must be used for restoration projects, with most aimed at wetlands and other coastal and nearshore habitats. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 3 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nearshore was in 1896

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“Nearshore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nearshore. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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