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

Noun The road runs along the shoreline.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Set on the western shore of Lake Apopka, Ferndale Preserve tops out at 165 feet above sea level, providing views of the lake (and the Orlando skyline on a clear day) from nearly 100 feet above its shoreline. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Dec. 2021 One of the things the building will have in Aurora that is not in other developments is a swimming pool courtyard that would be open, creating a view from North Broadway of the Fox River and its shoreline. Steve Lord,, 24 Nov. 2021 The Southern California town of Huntington Beach reopened its shoreline after tests showed the water was essentially free of toxins from an offshore oil spill just over a week ago, city and California State Parks officials announced Monday. Harold Maass, The Week, 12 Oct. 2021 Tahoe has been steadily receding all year, and the plunging water level is changing the character of its shoreline. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 However, as Red Savannah’s Granville stresses, there’s more to the country than its glitzy shoreline. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 21 Aug. 2021 Windless Lake Tahoe reflects the mountain sky like a mirror, inviting paddlers, swimmers and those who simply want to relax alongside its shoreline. Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 The lake is officially a 635-acre great pond, with much of its shoreline contained within Cochituate State Park., 21 July 2021 Secluded Makalawena Beach in Kekaha Kai State Park on the Kona Coast is a favorite, demanding its visitors hike 2.2 miles through rocky lava fields and enormous sand dunes to reach its immaculate shoreline and translucent waters. Ashlea Halpern, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of shoreline


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shoreline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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