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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The verdant, misty forest is broken only by a few stubby, brown rivers draining into the ocean and a narrow ribbon of auburn shoreline. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Following Fourth of July revelry, hundreds of volunteers on Thursday morning helped pick up about 1,500 pounds of trash and recyclables along shorelines from Ocean Beach to Oceanside. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Hundreds turn out for post-Fourth of July beach cleanup — most volunteers but some working off holiday infractions," 6 July 2018 The study findings suggest toxic contaminants are entering the food web of the greater Puget Sound, especially along shorelines nearest Seattle and other urban areas. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Mussels in Washington's Puget Sound test positive for opioids, other drugs," 25 May 2018 Its decks, porches, and gardens offer expansive views of the shoreline and coastal hills. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Big Sur Blends Rustic Charm With Sleek Design," 12 Feb. 2019 The Hurricane National Center said Florence could bring storm surges upwards of nine feet in most areas across the shoreline and up to 13 feet in areas between Cape Fear and Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "As Hurricane Florence barrels toward US, 'worst case scenario' simulation of Category 4 storm shows catastrophic devastation," 12 Sep. 2018 The study was done along about 100 miles of Canadian-side shoreline and riverbank. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Goose poop at Lake St. Clair Metropark beach? Not if this dog can help it," 12 June 2018 Nearly 40 miles of the river, shorelines and wetlands were polluted. Washington Post, "Enbridge fined $1.8M for missing pipe inspection deadlines," 5 May 2018 Alligators may lounge on the shoreline and dozens of birds pass by from kingfishers to osprey. Richard Tribou,, "Explore Florida's DeSoto County: Taming the Peace River," 6 May 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


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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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