shoreline

noun
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

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

Alligators may lounge on the shoreline and dozens of birds pass by from kingfishers to osprey. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's DeSoto County: Taming the Peace River," 6 May 2018 Allied forces hoped to launch commando raids inside France by landing troops on the rocky Normandy shoreline near Dieppe. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Agnes-Marie Valois, French nun and ‘Angel of Dieppe’ in World War II, dies at 103," 21 Apr. 2018 Luckily, the family's dog miraculously pulled the little boy to safety, but Cale's trauma prevents him from ever getting near a shoreline again. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries," 7 Dec. 2018 Length: 70 miles | Region: Midwest This byway traces the southern shoreline of Lake Superior, with various parts of the route winding through dense forests, quiet beaches, and the majestic lake itself. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Along the tranquil shoreline of Hanoi's Trúc Bạch Lake, where, half a century ago, John McCain was pulled from the water with his parachute, there’s a humble little restaurant that McCain himself might have found amusing, if decidedly odd. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Sheehan said floodwaters had also overtopped a steel retaining wall containing one of three large coal ash dumps lining the shoreline. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018 At Illinois Beach State Park, state geologist Theuerkauf has extensively monitored the shoreline since 2014. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan," 13 July 2018 Jordan was unable to reach the shoreline as the alligator chased her. NBC News, "Florida deputy shoots alligator to save 15-year-old girl stuck in tree," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of shoreline

Noun

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shoreline

noun

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

shoreline

noun
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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