shore·​line | \ ˈshȯr-ˌlīn How to pronounce shoreline (audio) \

Definition of shoreline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the line where a body of water and the shore meet
2 : the strip of land along the shoreline


geographical name
Shore·​line | \ ˈshȯr-ˌlīn How to pronounce Shoreline (audio) \

Definition of Shoreline (Entry 2 of 2)

city in west central Washington on Puget Sound north of Seattle population 53,007

Examples of shoreline in a Sentence


The road runs along the shoreline.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Named for its rocky, Anastasia limestone shoreline, during high tide the ocean breaks against the rocks and sends the saltwater up to 50 feet skyward. Catie Wegman,, "Picture perfect: 12 South Florida spots that are sure to make you Instagram famous," 9 July 2019 However, record or near-record water levels for parts of Great Lakes this summer mean less shoreline than usual, which could be bad news for the piping plovers, which lay their eggs in pebbly beach sand. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Zoo, Griffin Claw team up with new beer to help endangered bird," 2 July 2019 Gestoso reportedly first observed the weird crusts on the island's shoreline in 2016, and the following year the plastic crusts were still there. Fox News, "Weird 'plasticrust' forms on Portuguese island," 25 June 2019 Plan on exploring beyond the shoreline, too: There are 50 miles of hiking and cycling trails through forest, bogs, and wetlands. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Remain calm and swim parallel to the shoreline, which is perpendicular to the current. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "A rip current at the beach can be deadly, but experts say you can escape by doing this," 19 June 2019 Responders climbed into the caldera, reached the man and walked him down to the shoreline, where the U.S. Coast Guard was able to retrieve him using a helicopter., "Man rescued after falling 800 feet into Crater Lake caldera," 11 June 2019 Hovering above a foreign shoreline, the cemetery presents a particular image of the United States abroad. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "On D-Day anniversary, ‘America First’ doesn’t sit well on the beaches of Normandy," 5 June 2019 Often ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world, the lighthouse's gleaming white surface is a stark contrast to the shoreline, which is one of the most rugged and remote in all of Ireland. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "5 Amazing Locations in Ireland," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of shoreline


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shoreline

: the land along the edge of an area of water (such as an ocean, lake, etc.) : a coast or shore


shore·​line | \ ˈshȯr-ˌlīn How to pronounce shoreline (audio) \

Kids Definition of shoreline

: the line or strip of land where a body of water and the shore meet

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