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

Boat traffic in and out of the Brownsville Marina was stopped and residents who lived along the shoreline were told to stay in place and off the beaches. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Navy says mystery mine found off Bainbridge Island was from 2005 exercise," 31 Aug. 2018 The dew point will creep up into the mid and upper 50s inland and into the lower 60s along the shoreline. Gary Lessor,, "Mostly Sunny Skies, Temperatures In The Upper 70s, 80s," 12 July 2018 Smallmouth - good along the shoreline and rip rap face of the dam using spoons and shallow crankbaits. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 The land covered by those agreements covers about 5000 acres, stretching for six miles along the shoreline into Prince George’s County and into the green wetlands Washington once admired. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Across from Washington’s estate, a fight between natural gas and a historic view," 26 June 2018 White pines, lodgepoles and red spruce grew along the shoreline. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Canoe Trip Along the U.S.-Canada Border, Solitude and Shooting Stars," 20 June 2018 Large residential projects are rising along the shoreline, and developers are remaking a street grid jammed cheek-to-jowl with old apartment buildings. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Boston Wants Amazon, but Is There Room?," 21 May 2018 Attendees were given live fish and buckets to release the fish via a special slide along the shoreline. Gina Grillo,, "Residents help restock fish population at Lake Glenview," 1 May 2018 Real-estate agent Wally Gudgell remembered walking the Lopez property with Allen and his team; the 3 miles of shoreline, the old-growth forest of cedar and fir, and the rock platforms with views of Mount Baker. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "How Paul Allen quietly saved an Orcas Island preschool," 19 Oct. 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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