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 This mansion sits on just under two acres with 200 feet of shoreline on Lake St. Clair. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "This might be the grandest mansion ever built at Windmill Pointe," 16 May 2020 Manhattan Beach and other stretches of shoreline in Los Angeles County will reopen Wednesday with some restrictions, officials said. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles County beaches may reopen Wednesday. Here are the new rules," 11 May 2020 Sand Hollow has 7 miles of shoreline open to visitors. USA TODAY, "Packed beaches, Tupac files for unemployment, no Mother’s Day flowers: News from around our 50 states," 29 Apr. 2020 County officials say the checkpoints have kept the population down in a community where the population of 36,000 year-round residents swells to as many as 300,0000 during the summer peak with people drawn to its 100 miles of shoreline. Anchorage Daily News, "States’ COVID-19 checkpoints targeting nonresidents draw complaints and legal scrutiny," 15 Apr. 2020 The lake is 26 miles long and 6 miles wide, with 157-plus miles of shoreline. Houston Chronicle, "Buyers can find luxury lakefront living at The Shorelin," 28 Mar. 2020 Primitive camping is allowed along much of the shoreline in such areas as Two Cow and Fireman’s coves. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Lake Pleasant is a desert oasis near Phoenix. Here's everything you can do there," 4 Mar. 2020 Other countries that could see huge lengths of shoreline eroded are Chile, China, the United States, Russia, Mexico and Argentina. Drew Kann, CNN, "Half of the world's beaches could disappear by the end of the century, study finds," 2 Mar. 2020 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has produced flood maps covering only one-third of the nation’s 3.5 million miles of streams and 46% of shoreline, the Association of State Floodplain Managers said in a recent report. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Studies Sound Alarm on “Badly Out-of-Date” FEMA Flood Maps," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of shoreline


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shoreline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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

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