shore·line | \ˈshȯr-ˌlīn \

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 \

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

During June, when bluegills are spawning, anglers on Toledo Bend catch tons of big bluegills by locating spawning concentrations along sandy shorelines. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "June spawn signals peak in Texas sunfish action," 3 June 2018 Initially an ecological term used to describe shorelines moving inland because of erosion, retreat has expanded to encompass an increasingly popular idea among a small but growing cadre of academics, environmental researchers, and urban planners. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 Theuerkauf said this shoreline loss is unprecedented. Tony Briscoe,, "What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan," 13 July 2018 Among the projects proposed for 2019 include playground renovations for Heatherstone Park, Riverwalk Park and Three Meadows; a basketball court at Summerfield Lake and shoreline restoration for the Lincoln Greenway. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 The largely volunteer campaign to save Bali’s sea turtles is a rare success story on this popular tourist island, which struggles with environmental challenges, including shoreline trash, eroding beaches and soul-sapping traffic jams. New York Times, "Saving Turtles in Bali, Egg by Precious Egg," 7 July 2018 But the possibility of an economic boom on the shoreline worries members of Richmond’s progressive political wing. Rachel Swan,, "Soon-to-open Richmond ferry terminal could revive shoreline, usher in gentrification," 5 July 2018 Del Mar residents established the shoreline protection area with the passage of Measure D in 1988. Phil Diehl,, "Mansion owner taking sand squabble to ballot box," 4 July 2018 Coral reefs are a major part of island economies—the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History estimates coral reefs provide $30 billion to $172 billion worth of food, shoreline protection, tourism jobs, and medicines each year. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Hawaii to Become First in the World to Ban Sunscreens Harmful to the Environment," 2 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of shoreline

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

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