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 Temperatures will be seasonable Sunday with highs in the 30s across the interior and in the lower 40s along the shoreline., "Sunny start to Saturday," 18 Dec. 2020 The Lake Erie marinas all along the shoreline are providing some fair fishing for crappies and bluegills, which should only improve. cleveland, "Late fall area fishing in great shape right now: NE Ohio fishing report for the weekend of Dec. 11-13," 10 Dec. 2020 Tens of thousands of elephant, leopard, and Wedell seals squeeze along the shoreline and are now in the middle of their mating season. Eric Niiler, Wired, "An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again," 19 Nov. 2020 Launch your single or tandem kayak from the nearby boat ramp, and travel south along the shoreline to take in beautiful homes and tranquil coves. Kai Oliver-kurtin, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Lake Tahoe," 18 Nov. 2020 The company is affiliated with Erickson's Inc. of Muskegon, and has historically stored large piles of aggregate rocks along the shoreline, brought there by ships. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Company fined $60,000 for dock collapse, material spill in Detroit River," 12 Oct. 2020 Authorities urged people from the Lake Charles area east toward Lafayette and west toward Texas to evacuate and seek higher ground as the wetlands along the shoreline were almost certain to take another hit. Washington Post, "Louisiana coastline prepares to be battered, again, with arrival of Hurricane Delta," 8 Oct. 2020 At the time there were roughly 120 miles of trails in existence along the shoreline; as of this month, the Bay Trail encompasses roughly 350 miles miles that include offshoots into nearby recreational areas. John King,, "With new links that include grand parks and hidden nooks, the S.F. Bay Trail continues to grow," 22 Dec. 2020 Hikers and beachcombers who trekked along the shoreline to the remote, historic lighthouse at Ludington State Park once had ample room between the waves and the metal breakwall. Patrick M. O’connell Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "As Lake Michigan beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of shoreline


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2021

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“Shoreline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of shoreline

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

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