noun (1), often attributive
\ ˈshȯr How to pronounce shore (audio) \

Definition of shore

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the land bordering a usually large body of water specifically : coast
2 : a boundary (as of a country) or an area within a boundary usually used in pluralimmigrated to these shores
3 : land as distinguished from the sea shipboard and shore duty


noun (2)

Definition of shore (Entry 2 of 3)

: a prop for preventing sinking or sagging


shored; shoring

Definition of shore (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to support by a shore : prop
2 : to give support to : brace usually used with uptrying to shore up his claim

First Known Use of shore

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shore

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English *scor; akin to Middle Low German schōr foreland and perhaps to Old English scieran to cut — more at shear

Noun (2)

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch scōre prop, Middle Low German schōre

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The first known use of shore was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of shore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the land along the edge of a body of water


shored; shoring

Kids Definition of shore (Entry 2 of 2)

: to keep from sinking, sagging, or falling by placing a support under or against We had to shore up a wall.

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