on·​shore | \ ˈȯn-ˌshȯr How to pronounce onshore (audio) , ˈän-\

Definition of onshore

1 : coming or moving from the water toward or onto the shore an onshore wind
2a : situated on or near the shore as distinguished from being in deep or open water
b : situated on land
3 : domestic sense 2 onshore markets

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onshore \ ˈȯn-​ˈshȯr How to pronounce onshore (audio) , ˈän-​ˈshȯr \ adverb

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Their onshore Chinese stock funds each have less than $50 million in assets under management, according to people familiar with the funds. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "BlackRock, Fidelity Launches Hit By Chinese Share Decline," 9 Sep. 2018 Although onshore wind farm owners have been repowering their equipment for years, offshore repowering comes with its own technical challenges. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Offshore, Act Two: New owner repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast," 30 Dec. 2018 So far, these mostly involve onshore securities denominated in yuan, but holders of hard-currency debt are also jumpy. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Global Selloff Tests Changed Credit Market," 22 Nov. 2018 Offshore wind allows turbines to be built bigger, and coastal winds are often stronger and more consistent than onshore winds. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "International Energy Agency predicts wind will dominate Europe’s grid by 2027," 28 Sep. 2018 The deal appears to be one of the first for an American oil and gas company to tap into onshore shale oil and gas fields, though Lewis Energy has been doing work for Pemex in the Olmos field since at least 2004. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio energy company inks $617M deal with Mexico’s oil company," 27 Mar. 2018 Even as the rain may diminish toward morning, drizzle and fog are likely to persist, with continued onshore flow from the east. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: More rain late today into tomorrow; will Tuesday be a nice day for a parade?," 10 June 2018 An offshore wind farm can cost can cost nearly triple that of a onshore project, according to the International Energy Agency. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "While offshore wind gets developed, Texas will likely stay onshore," 22 June 2018 Simpson attributed the dreary weather to the presence of a nor’easter moving through New England and onshore flow from unusually cold ocean water. BostonGlobe.com, "Yes, that was a nor’easter — in June," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of onshore

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of onshore was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of onshore

: moving from an ocean, lake, etc., toward land
: on land

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