shor·​ing ˈshȯr-iŋ How to pronounce shoring (audio)
: the act of supporting with or as if with a prop
: a system or group of shores

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And there’s a whole process of friend shoring, reshoring people thinking about getting everything back home, as opposed to leaving it all over the world. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 7 Dec. 2022 The First Citizens deal announced late Sunday, at least initially, seemed to achieve what regulators have sought: a shoring up of trust in other regional banks across the country. Stan Choe, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2023 Near-shoring is my preference. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2023 Over the next two weekends, construction workers plan to finish demolishing and replacing mezzanine tile at the Orange Line stations, complete crack repairs, install platform shoring and install safety handrails around the platform canopies, Metro said. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 The fading of the middle class has been the predictable byproduct of the corporate off-shoring of our industry and has diminished its influence, a trend accelerated by the persistent disavowal of its values and lifestyles by our nation’s opinion-makers. Andrew A. Michta, National Review, 7 Feb. 2021 In a world of friend-shoring and regionalization, this ability is something other businesspersons might wish to copy. Radu Magdin, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoring was in the 15th century

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“Shoring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a group of things that shore something up

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