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.

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This year, 170 volunteers waded in or trekked along the shorelines of more than 100 bodies of water across Wisconsin in search of aquatic invasive species. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An invasive species called starry stonewort has spread to Lake Country waters," 16 Sep. 2019 Elsewhere, if this storm track were to verify, the bulk of the precipitation should remain relegated to the immediate shoreline or just offshore. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Tropical storm warnings have been posted for the Northwest Bahamas, while watches are up in Florida.," 13 Sep. 2019 The rally comes as more than 100 million gallons of highly polluted water flowed through the Tijuana River since Sept. 4, shuttering shorelines in Imperial Beach since last weekend. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local leaders call for permanent funding to protect National Wildlife Refuge recently basted by sewage," 13 Sep. 2019 Once this was the shoreline of a wide, shallow sea, where giant mosses and 40-foot ferns flourished in a tropical climate. Sarah Kaplan,, "Travel science: Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania," 11 Sep. 2019 Go tidepooling along the rocky shoreline to scout for octopus dens, starfish, and sea urchins, and scan the coast for bald eagles perched amid the treetops. National Geographic, "Alaska Expedition: Wildlife, Fjords, and Glaciers," 10 Sep. 2019 Officials are pushing for approval from regulators to add thousands of cubic yards of sand along a Lake Michigan beach that is eroding north of the city thanks in part to rising water levels that continue to threaten shorelines of the Great Lakes. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 Authorities are searching the islands' shorelines for survivors, the Coast Guard said. Amanda Watts, CNN, "California boat that burned was in a 'worst-case scenario,' sheriff says," 3 Sep. 2019 The park has several miles of walking trails, including a 2-mile trail that follows the shoreline between the beach and Rowell Cove. Pamela Wright,, "8 state parks in New England to visit this fall," 3 Sep. 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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