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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That number grew with the development of local onshore facilities in places like Durban, a city that had six whale processing plants by 1912. Steve Benjamin, National Geographic, "Humpback whales make stunning comeback in southern Africa," 18 July 2019 Clouds and more of an onshore breeze should keep highs mainly in the mid- to upper 70s, with gradually increasing humidity. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Moderately muggy today, nice start to weekend but ending could be wet," 6 June 2019 Local tour companies contracted to provide excursions for the boats' passengers also cancelled scheduled onshore activities, including kayak and ATV adventures. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "More cruise ships bypass San Juan, hurting local businesses," 22 July 2019 While onshore wind is now one of the cheapest sources of electricity, the offshore option remains about a third more expensive than options like nuclear power. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New York passes its Green New Deal, announces massive offshore wind push," 19 July 2019 The company, which traces its roots in Abu Dhabi’s fields back to 1939, also helps develop the emirate’s largest onshore oil concession, generates electricity at a solar plant, and produces and sells gas in the emirate. Anthony Dipaola, Bloomberg.com, "Total Pays $1.45 Billion for Abu Dhabi Offshore Oilfield Stakes," 18 Mar. 2018 The Energy Information Administration said onshore oil production is set to rise by about 70,000 barrels per day in July, driven by increases from the Permian Basin. Damian J. Troise, chicagotribune.com, "Mideast tensions aside, oil keeps getting cheaper as demand declines," 19 June 2019 Most wealth managers still serve China’s rich from offshore centers such as Hong Kong and Singapore, but the nation’s massive pool of onshore money, estimated at around $20 trillion, is a huge prize for the industry. Cathy Chan, Fortune, "UBS Loses a Deal in China After Economist's 'Pig' Comment," 17 June 2019 Seven onshore rigs were taken out of service this week, but that was offset the addition of a rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Fuel Fix Staff, Houston Chronicle, "Rig count falls again as oil prices sputter," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of onshore

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of onshore

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

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